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Sonakshi and Riteishs Kakuda to premiere on ZEE5

Sonakshi Sinha, Riteish Deshmukh and Saqib Saleem-starrer horror-comedy film Kakuda will soon premiere on ZEE5, announced the makers recently. The film is directed by Zombivli (2022) and Munjya (2024) fame Aditya Sarpotdar. It is produced by Ronnie Screwvala. As per a press release shared by the makers, the films synopsis reads: Kakuda is set in the village of Ratodi in Uttar Pradeshs Mathura district. While Ratodi seems like any other village, it isnt because of the curse inflicted upon it for years. Every house in the district has two similar looking doors, one that is normal size and one which is smaller than the other. The film revolves around a peculiar ritual that demands the opening of the smaller door of each house every Tuesday at 7:15 pm sharp. Failure to comply with this rule invites the wrath of Kakuda, who punishes the man of the house. But who is Kakuda Why does he punish the men in the village? How will the villagers get rid of the curse? Talking about the project, Aditya said, As a filmmaker and a fan of the horror-comedy genre, I find it incredibly fascinating to explore the delicate balance between fear and laughter. Its a challenging task to make viewers simultaneously scared and amused, but with Kakuda, I am confident that we have hit the right chord yet again.

The New Indian Express 20 Jun 2024 12:05 pm

Act, dont play with words: EPS to TN govt in hooch deaths

CHENNAI: Terming the death of people after drinking illicit liquor in Karunapuram in Kallakurichi as worrying, AIADMK general secretary and leader of the opposition Edappadi K Palaniswami condemned the DMK government on Wednesday for failing to curb the production of illicit liquor. He urged Chief Minister MK Stalin to avoid playing with words by saying it is methanol and not illicit liquor, and to keep in mind that it is a matter of peoples lives. In his statement, the AIADMK leader extended his condolences to the grieving families. I have been continuously pointing out that the production of illicit liquor is rampant under the DMK regime. However, the government has not taken any action to curb it, even after several lives have been lost due to it, he alleged. Meanwhile, PMK founder S Ramadoss blamed the district administration for attempting to cover up the incompetency of the government by initially stating the deaths were not related to illicit liquor. It is a known fact that illicit liquor is produced in the Kalvarayan hill area round-the-clock and is supplied throughout the district. The situation is so worse that arrack is even supplied in chocolate flavour, he alleged. He also recalled incidents in which two people dying allegedly after consuming liquor from Tasmac outlets in Thanjavur and more than 30 people losing lives after drinking illicit liquor in Mathuranthakam and Marakanam last year. He added the consumption of liquor is causing law and order problems, and the CM, who also handles the home department, should take responsibility for these incidents. Ramadoss demanded the government provide Rs 10 lakh to the families of the deceased and ensure proper medical care for the others affected. On X, formerly Twitter, BJP state president Annamalai said it is heart-wrenching to see the parents cry out of pain about losing their child and a wife losing her husband. DMK has not learnt lesson after the 22 hooch deaths last year, and their mis-governance has led to more deaths today. There is zero accountability in the DMK government and ministers do not fear consequences for posing with illicit liquor sellers, he said. Naam Tamilar Katchi (NTK) chief coordinator Seeman said the deaths due to illicit liquor are the achievement of the three-year tenure of the DMK government. He criticised the DMK stating its achievements are increasing Tasmac sales and failing to curb drugs. The DMK expresses pride in supporting women by giving them Rs 1,000 every month. What will they now say to the women who have lost their husbands, fathers, and sons? he questioned.

The New Indian Express 20 Jun 2024 8:57 am

About Sonakshi Sinha, Riteish Deshmukh, Saqib Saleem`s comedy horror `Kakuda`

As per a statement, `Kakuda` is set in the village of Ratodi in Uttar Pradesh`s Mathura district

Mid Day 19 Jun 2024 12:46 pm

Railways fast-track Kavach implementation after Kanchanjunga crash

NEW DELHI: A day after the collision of two trains in West Bengal, the Railway Ministry on Tuesday said the implementation of the Automatic Train Protection System, also known as Kavach, is progressing rapidly on 3,000 route kilometres. Once completed, it will help prevent such accidents. A goods train rammed into the stationary Sealdah-bound Kanchanjunga Express near Rangapani, 30 km from the New Jalpaiguri station in Siliguri, on Monday morning, killing 10 people and injuring around 40. The accident triggered a wave of criticism of the railways over the delay in the implementation of Kavach. In response, the ministry said Kavach is a very complex system involving six major sub-systems: laying optical fibre cable along the track, installing telecom towers along tracks, installing telecom equipment on these towers and on trains, setting up data centres at stations and integrating them with the signal system, installing equipment on tracks, and finally installing equipment on locomotives and trains. Centre 'destroying' railways: Congress demands Vaishnaw's resignation; poses 7 questions The system was finally certified in 2019. Despite COVID challenges, work progressed, and now the railway as well as equipment manufacturers are geared up to take on large projects. At this point in time, work is progressing rapidly on 3,000 km routes. Design work for other routes is also progressing very fast, a senior official from the railway ministry said, requesting anonymity. According to the railways, the Kavach system, developed by the Research Designs and Standards Organisation (RDSO), can trigger the automatic application of brakes in case of an emergency when the train driver fails to act in time, ensuring safe train operations even in bad weather. So far, Kavach has already been implemented on 1,465 route kilometres and 121 locomotives. Besides, the Agra division has developed a complete Kavach network on the 80-km stretch between Mathura (excluding the station) and Palwal to conduct trials on various types of engines and trains, the official said. Bengal train mishap: 9 dead as Kanchanjunga Express rams into goods train Recently, the Railway Board Chairperson and CEO Jaya Verma Sinha and railway officials of North Central and Northern Railways inspected a Kavach trial in a Vande Bharat train between Palwal and Vrindavan. Sinha, while travelling in the eight-car set Vande Bharat, which ran at 160 kmph, had a firsthand experience of the Kavach working system at red signals, loop lines, and other speed restriction points. The Railway Ministry also said there is a steep decline in the number of consequential train accidents, from 473 in 2000-01 to 40 in 2022-23. From 2004 to 2014, the average number of consequential train accidents was 171 per annum, which significantly declined to 68 per annum during the period from 2014 to 2024, the official said.

The New Indian Express 18 Jun 2024 8:05 pm

When the mirror doesnt crack

Women are the worst affected by social evils, often bearing the brunt while men are let off the hook, says Nanki Singh, a 22-year-old Delhi photographer. Singh is showcasing her collection Aaine Tak Ka Safar (A Journey to the Mirror), a documentation of the lives of acid-attack survivors, at the Stainless Gallery in Delhi. She believes that photographs have the power to restore the agency that was taken away from women. Her photographs of survivors, who were teenagers at the time of the attack and now live with permanent disfigurement or blindness, bear this out. Aaine Tak Ka Safar holds special significance because these girls have repeatedly told me how difficult it has been for them to look in a mirror after their attacks, says Singh. The beginning This project began four years ago as a college assignment in 2020, and was sparked off by curiosity. Singh says that she grew up hearing and reading about these young girls and wanted to be part of their journeyshe wanted to show their stories and their faces to the world. While pursuing her project, she discovered the Chhanv Foundation based in Noida, which assists acid attack survivors with medical, financial, and psychological rehabilitation. Most of them knew their attackers; these were the people the girls had refused to marry, Singh points out. Reflecting on her journey as a photographer, Singh recounts that in 2018 she travelled to South Africa and developed an interest in wildlife photography. When I returned to Delhi, I visited places like Chandni Chowk and did some street photography. That is when I realised I could pursue this, so I enrolled at the School of Visual Arts in New York and learnt the technical aspects of photography, she says. However, this exhibition was not an overnight effort; it took Singh around four years to bring it to fruition. Singh celebrates one of the acid attack survivors birthday. Building rapport These girls are accustomed to having people come and photograph them. Documentary filmmakers and journalists visit them often, so they are used to talking to people and sharing their experiences. But I wanted to develop a deeper connection with them. I wanted to know everything about them, what they liked, what they didnt. I didnt want to reduce their identity to victims, so, I made it a point to keep visiting them, says Singh. Over the course of four years, Singh visited the survivors annually during her vacations. She spent time with them at the Sheroes Hangouta caf run by acid attack survivorsor celebrated birthdays together. Sometimes I would give them a call and tell them lets go out for a shoot or lets hang out together, she says. In March, Singhs first Aaine Tak Ka Safar exhibition at the Chelsea Art Gallery in Manhattan raised $13,000, which went towards supporting the caf. This time, too, she hopes to raise a substantial amount of funds for them. Lights and camera When being photographed, theres a fair chance the subject may feel othered, so its crucial to develop a relationship between the photographer and the subject to avoid this, says Singh. She deliberately captures and displays her photographs in black and white because lighting works best on this background. Additionally, coloured images can distract viewers with their hues and backgrounds, whereas black-and-white photos direct attention straight to the subject. The main motive of the exhibition is to show how comfortable these women are in their own skin. Its important for viewers to notice the subject immediately when they look at the photographs, hence the black-and-white images, she explains. Singh has always been drawn to the stories of resilient women. She has previously worked on projects surrounding domestic abuse and documented the taboo topic of menstruation through her photographs. Aaine Tak Ka Safar is on at the Stainless Gallery, Mathura Road, till June 22, from 11.15am to 7pm

The New Indian Express 18 Jun 2024 8:06 am

UP Launches Ropeway Projects in Barsana and Vrindavan to Enhance Tourist Experience

The Uttar Pradesh Braj Teerth Vikas Parishad has initiated two ropeway projects in Barsana and Vrindavan aimed at reducing traffic congestion and providing a comfortable experience for tourists, particularly senior citizens. The project in Barsana, costing Rs 15.87 crore, features 12 trolleys capable of transporting over 500 people per hour, with standby rescue teams ensuring safety. Meanwhile, the feasibility study for the Vrindavan ropeway project is ongoing, designed to connect major temples and reduce travel time between the Vaishno Devi temple and Darul parking to just 32 minutes. The ropeway projects will not only provide thrilling experiences for tourists but also address the issue of traffic congestion, said SB Singh, Chief Executive Officer of UP Braj Teerth Vikas Parishad. He added, Until now, domestic and international tourists visiting Barsana had to navigate over 180 steep, old-style stairs to reach the Ladli temple. However, with the introduction of the ropeway facility, tourists, especially senior citizens, will have the opportunity to comfortably visit and pray at their temples. The Barsana ropeway project, costing Rs 15.87 crore, consists of 12 trolleys, each capable of carrying over 500 people per hour. To ensure safety during operations, standby rescue teams will be available, officials confirmed. Meanwhile, work on the feasibility report for the 7.9 km-long Vrindavan ropeway project is underway. This ropeway is expected to transport visitors from the Vaishno Devi temple to Darul parking in just 32 minutes. The Vrindavan ropeway project will encompass eight stations, including the Bankey Bihari temple, ISKCON Prem Mandir, Chandroday Mandir, and Vaishno Devi temple. It will have the capacity to accommodate 2,000 people and will be installed at a height of 25 feet, according to officials. The Mathura-Vrindavan Development Authority, mandated by the state government to oversee the Barsana ropeway project, invested significant time and effort in acquiring the necessary land and obtaining permissions to clear the path for the ropeway. Land was procured from various departments, and the Development Authority spent approximately three crore rupees on this effort. Radharani Ropeway Pvt. Ltd., the company responsible for executing the project, allocated around Rs 15.5 crore for its successful completion. However, due to lockdown restrictions in China, the company faced challenges in receiving the ropeway equipment necessary for the project. Fortunately, with the easing of restrictions, a substantial shipment of goods has now been successfully received, facilitating progress towards the project's completion. Good News For Farmers: PM Modi to release Rs 20,000-cr of PM-Kisan Samman fund Tomorrow Cow Smuggler Sufiyan Apprehended After Encounter in Muzaffarnagar Uttar Pradesh Congress Chief Demands Industrial Development for Varanasi

News Track 17 Jun 2024 6:11 pm

Nonagenarian Woman Suffers Critical Burns After Miscreants Set House Ablaze In Boudh

Boudh: A nonagenarian woman, Kaushalya Bagarti (90), suffered severe burn injuries when her house was set ablaze by unidentified individuals at Mathura village in Harabhanga of Boudh district late Saturday night. She is currently receiving treatment at the Boudh district headquarters hospital, with burns covering approximately 80% of her body. Kaushalya was in a room [] The post Nonagenarian Woman Suffers Critical Burns After Miscreants Set House Ablaze In Boudh appeared first on Pragativadi | Odisha News, Breaking News Odisha, Latest Odisha News .

Pragativadi 16 Jun 2024 12:13 pm

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

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

devdiscourse 15 Jun 2024 10:28 pm

Rousing reception for Union Minister George Kurian in Kerala

Rousing reception for Union Minister George Kurian in Kerala Union Minister George Kurian was accorded a rousing reception by party workers here on Saturday as he arrived in the state for the first time after being inducted into the union cabinet. He was welcomed by raising slogans and adorning with garlands by BJP workers who gathered at the airport in a large number. The minister of state for minority affairs, fisheries and animal husbandry and dairying, Kurian, expressed heartfelt gratitude to the party workers and the people of the state for his new stint. When reporters asked whether he, as a minister of state for fisheries, would address the concerns of fishermen of Muthalapozhi, a coastal hamlet near the state capital which has witnessed a series of boat mishaps in recent years, Kurian said he would study its file in detail and take a decision based on that. ''The stakeholders of Muthalapozhi are fishermen. The expert opinion in the matter should come from them. We should also have technical expertise (to address the issue),'' the minister said. He said as per his knowledge, the Kerala government is preparing a DPR with regard to Muthalapozhi. Muthalapozhi at Perumathura is a place where the Vamanapuram river and Kadinamkulam lake meet the Arabian Sea.

devdiscourse 15 Jun 2024 8:23 pm

Mathura: Social worker on hunger strike against corruption since Feb dies

Mathura: A 66-year-old social worker on hunger strike for the last four months in protest against alleged corruption in rural development works here has died at the district hospital, officials said on Thursday. Sub-Divisional Magistrate of Mant, Adesh Kumar, said Devki Nand Sharma had earlier lodged complaints with the rural development department alleging corruption in 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 13 Jun 2024 10:35 pm

Social worker Devki Nand Sharma, on hunger strike in protest against 'corruption' since February in U.P.'s Mathura, dies

66-year-old Devki Nand Sharma was on hunger strike for the last four months to protest against alleged corruption in rural development works

The Hindu 13 Jun 2024 4:57 pm

UP: Man arrested with 22 turtles in Mathura

Mathura (UP), June 13 (IANS) Mathura Police and forest officials have arrested a wildlife smuggler, Chand Khan, with 22 Indian softshell turtles in the Nandgaon canal track area. Senior Superintendent of Police Shailendra Kumar Pandey said that while they were successful in apprehending Chand Khan however his associate, Kannu, managed to escape. He said that []

bhaskarlive 13 Jun 2024 12:26 pm

Protest outside Delhi min Atishi`s residence for Rs 1000 honorarium to women

Protesters gathered outside Delhi minister Atishi `s home on Mathura Road, yelling slogans; however, the minister claimed the protestors were from BJP.

Mid Day 11 Jun 2024 6:27 pm

Rescued baby elephant Bani enjoys pool time at Mathura hospital. Watch

Rescued baby elephant Bani enjoys pool time at Mathura hospital Watch

India Today 11 Jun 2024 5:19 pm

Opinion: Opinion | For PM Modi, NDA 3.0 Will Be About Political Balancing

The BJP may now have to put controversial issues like Kashi and Mathura on the back burner. Religious politics may have to be subtly replaced with the compulsions of a 'political economy'.

NDTV 7 Jun 2024 2:33 pm

Shahi Idgah row: Allahabad HC reserves verdict on maintainability of suits

Prayagraj: The Allahabad High Court on Thursday reserved its verdict on a petition challenging maintainability of suits filed in connection with the Krishna Janmabhoomi-Shahi Idgah mosque dispute in Mathura. Several suits have been filed seeking the removal of the Shahi Idgah mosque which stands adjacent to the Krishna Janmabhoomi temple, with litigants claiming that the 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 7 Jun 2024 7:50 am

Hema Malini's Stunning Hat-Trick Victory in Mathura: A Lookback At Her Journey

From the glamorous sets of Bollywood to the heated chambers of Indian politics, veteran actress Hema Malini's journey is nothing short of legendary. Celebrating her recent victory in the Lok Sabha elections, the actress marks another milestone in her dynamic career. Emerging victorious in the UP's Mathura Lok Sabha constituency by a huge margin, Hema Malini wins against her immediate rival Mukesh Dhangar in the Mathura Lok Sabha elections 2024. But how did the Bollywood star become a political leader? Let's take a closer look!

The Times of India 5 Jun 2024 11:27 pm

From Kangana Ranaut to Hema Malini: New parliament to have many celebrity faces

New Delhi: With voters favouring many celebrity faces -- trusted and new -- this election season, eyes will be on the performance of first-time MPs like Kangana Ranaut and Arun Govil as they take their place in the 18th Lok Sabha along with returning star-politicians Hema Malini and Manoj Tiwari. The country went to the polls from April 19 to June 1 in seven phases to elect the 543 members in the lower house of the Parliament and many from the showbiz were in the fray. Ranaut, a popular face from Bollywood and a long-time supporter of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, won her first ever election as she was elected from Mandi in Himachal Pradesh, her home state. She defeated Vikramaditya Singh, the son of six-time chief minister Virbhadra Singh and state Congress chief Pratibha Singh. The actor, who has often found herself at the centre of controversies and always vocal about her opinions, had spoken about devoting her life to public service post her win. There is a lot of curiosity about Ranaut's tenure as an MP. Not just Ranaut, Ramayan star Govil was another celebrity face fielded by the BJP. He emerged victorious in the Meerut seat in Uttar Pradesh in a close battle with Samajwadi Party's Sunita Yadav. The winning margin was just 10,585 votes and for a time it looked like Govil would lose but his image of lord Ram from the classic TV serial seems to have worked in his favour. Hema Malini, another popular face from Hindi cinema, was elected for a straight third term in Lok Sabha from Mathura (Uttar Pradesh) against her nearest rival, Mukesh Dhangar of the Congress. Malini's third win shows the sway the actor-politician and a self-confessed Krishna devotee has on the electoral public in the temple town of Mathura, regarded as the birthplace of the Hindu god. Tiwari, a former Bhojpuri cinema star-singer and BJP's candidate from North East Delhi, bested Congress rival Kanhaiya Kumar, a popular youth leader. This is also Tiwari's third win in a row from the seat. He was the only sitting MP from Delhi retained by the BJP for the 18th Lok Sabha polls. Ravi Kishan, another popular Bhojpuri cinema star and the BJP contender from Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh, was elected for a second consecutive term. He defeated Kajal Nishad from the Samajwadi Party to retain his constituency. Actor-turned-politician Suresh Gopi, another BJP candidate, finally made inroads for the party in Kerala's Thrissur constituency. Gopi defeated VS Sunilkumar of the Communist Party of India to claim the Lok Sabha seat in the state. Veteran actor Shatrughan Sinha, who was fielded as the Trinamool Congress candidate from West Bengal's Asansol, defeated his nearest rival, BJP's S S Ahluwalia. Sinha, who has had political stints under the BJP and Congress, joined the TMC in 2022 to contest in the by-election for the Asansol Lok Sabha constituency. Former actor and BJP MP Smriti Irani lost to Kishorilal Sharma of Congress in the Amethi constituency of Uttar Pradesh. Actor-BJP politician Dinesh Lal Yadav, better known by his stage name Nirahua, was also bested by Samajwadi Party candidate Dharmendra Yadav in Uttar Pradesh's Azamgarh seat. Actor and Janasena Party chief Pawan Kalyan won the Pithapuram Assembly seat in Andhra Pradesh defeating his YSR Congress Party rival Vanga Geetha. Bengali actor-turned-politician June Maliah of the TMC won from Medinipur in West Bengal by defeating Agnimitra Paul of the BJP in a tough fight. In 2021, Maliah was elected as Member of West Bengal Legislative Assembly from Medinipur. In West Bengal's Birbhum, TMC's three-term MP and actor Satabdi Roy secured a thumping victory over BJP's Debtanu Bhattacharya. In the state's Hooghly and Ghatal constituencies, the battle was between TMC and BJP's celebrity faces. But TMC prevailed in both. Actor and TMC candidate Rachna Banerjee won from Hooghly against actor Locket Chatterjee of BJP. This will be Banerjee's first term as a politician. Dev Adhikary of TMC bested fellow actor and BJP's Hiran Chatterjee to hold on to his constituency Ghatal. It will be his third term. Film personalities and Indian politics have had a close association for decades with popular faces from Hindi cinema such as Nargis, Sunil Dutt, Rajesh Khanna, Vinod Khanna and briefly even Amitabh Bachchan taking the political plunge. Star power has yielded rich results in the South as well by producing mass leaders who started out as actors like N T Rama Rao, M G Ramachandran and J Jayalalithaa to name a few. In the current lot, Kamal Haasan, Vijay, Prakash Raj, Bhagwant Mann, Paresh Rawal, Urmila Matondkar, and Govinda are among the popular faces active in politics today.

Deccan Chronicle 5 Jun 2024 2:37 pm

NDA Mandate: Sudesh Mahto on Government Formation

NDA Mandate: Sudesh Mahto on Government Formation AJSU Party chief Sudesh Mahto confirmed on Wednesday that the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) has received a resounding mandate to form the government at the Centre, surpassing the majority threshold of 272 seats in the 543-member Lok Sabha. Mahto is traveling to Delhi to participate in a crucial NDA meeting, following an invitation from Union Home Minister Amit Shah, according to the party's spokesperson. The AJSU Party, a steadfast NDA ally in Jharkhand, secured the Giridih constituency as part of its seat-sharing arrangement with the BJP, with its candidate Chandraprakash Choudhary defeating the JMM's Mathura Mahato by a significant margin of 80,880 votes. Addressing the media, Mahto highlighted the NDA's comprehensive mandate and long-standing alliance with the BJP. He noted that the upcoming NDA meeting will focus on evaluating the poll outcomes, analyzing regional political strategies, and addressing the dip in seat counts in certain states. Mahto also emphasized the critical leadership roles played by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and TDP supremo N Chandrababu Naidu, both of whom are expected to attend the meeting. Furthermore, Mahto pointed out the need to address the marginalization of tribal communities in Jharkhand and strategize for the forthcoming assembly elections.

devdiscourse 5 Jun 2024 1:07 pm

Women Achieve Historic Wins in Lok Sabha Elections Against All Odds

Women Achieve Historic Wins in Lok Sabha Elections Against All Odds In a significant development, women candidates from various political parties have achieved remarkable victories in the recent Lok Sabha elections. Among the winners are Congress' Kumari Selja, who secured Haryana's Sirsa seat with over 2.5 lakh votes, and BJP's Kangana Ranaut, a debut candidate, who triumphed in Himachal Pradesh's Mandi constituency by 74,755 votes. Veteran BJP actor and incumbent MP from Mathura retained her seat with a massive 5.1 lakh votes, showcasing the increasing role of women in Indian politics. However, not all incumbents retained their positions, with Smriti Irani and Maneka Gandhi among the parliamentarians who lost their seats. Overall, over 30 women candidates were successful in their bids, a lower number compared to the previous 2019 elections where 78 women emerged victorious. As vote counting wrapped up after 12 hours, the BJP emerged as the single largest party with 240 seats in the 543-member Lok Sabha, although it fell short of the 303 seats secured in the previous term.

devdiscourse 5 Jun 2024 1:32 am

Lok Sabha polls 2024: Hema Malini gets 3rd term in Mathura, newcomers Kangana, Govil also emerge victorious

Indian film stars Kangana Ranaut, Arun Govil, Hema Malini, Manoj Tiwari, and Ravi Kishan shine in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. The country also held assembly elections in Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Odisha, and Sikkim.

The Economic Times 4 Jun 2024 11:02 pm

TDP Candidate From Guntur Pemmasani Set to Become Richest MP in Lok Sabha

New Delhi: Chandra Sekhar Pemmasani, the TDP candidate from Guntur, is set to become the richest winner with assets valued at Rs 5,700 crore. Pemmasani is leading by over 3.3 lakh votes. BJP's Konda Vishweshwar Reddy, who contested from the Chevella seat in neighbouring Telangana, the second wealthiest candidate with assets worth Rs 4,568 crore, is also poised to win. Reddy is ahead with a comfortable margin of over 1.5 lakh votes. Industrialist Naveen Jindal, the BJP candidate from Haryana's Kurukshetra Lok Sabha seat, declared assets worth Rs 1,241 crore and is leading with over 30,000 votes. TDP candidate from Nellore in Andhra Pradesh, Prabhakar Reddy Vemireddy, declared assets worth Rs 716 crore and is leading by over 2.3 lakh votes, turning out to be another wealthy candidate staring at victory. Union Minister and BJP candidate from Guna in Madhya Pradesh, Jyotiraditya M Scindia, had declared assets worth Rs 424 crore. Actor-turned-politician and BJP's Mathura candidate, Hema Malini, declared assets worth Rs 278 crore. Scindia won by a margin of over 5 lakh votes while Hema Malini is leading by 2.8 lakh votes. There are 2,572 crorepati candidates in the fray.

Deccan Chronicle 4 Jun 2024 8:49 pm

Shocker for BJP as Smriti Irani loses in Amethi, party leads in just 36 seats in UP

LUCKNOW: Facing major reverses in the most crucial state of Uttar Pradesh, the ruling NDA failed to cut much ice with voters and is leading in just 36 seats, down 28 seats from the 64 it had won in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. On the other hand, the INDIA bloc is leading in 43 seats, as per the trends on the Election Commission website, with the Samajwadi Party leading in 37 and the Congress in six. While the BJP in leading in 36 seats, its ally Rashtriya Lok Dal is leading in both seats -- Bijnor and Baghpat -- it contested, while another ally Apna Dal (S) is ahead in one -- Mirzapur - of the two seats it contested. The most striking feature emerging from the results is that the Congress, which stood decimated with just the Rae Bareli seat in 2019, is set to not only retain it and reclaimed its other bastion of Amethi, but is also doing exemplarily well in four other seats including Saharanpur, Sitapur, Barabanki and Amroha. KL Sharma of the Congress drubbed Union Minister Smriti Irani by a handsome margin of over a lakh votes from Amethi. Among the prominent leaders who have taken comfortable leads over their rivals is Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh in Lucknow, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav and his wife Dimple Yadav in Kannauj and Mainpuri, and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi in Rae Bareli. Madhya Pradesh is BJPs brightest spot in Lok Sabha polls, party set to sweep all 29 seats The BJP's Hema Malini is leading in Mathura while Arun Govil is trailing in Meerut. Former Wrestling Federation of India chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh's son Karan Bhushan Singh is leading by over a lakh votes against the SP's Bhagat Ram Mishra in Kaiserganj. Besides Smriti Irani, Union minister Ajay Mishra Teni, Dr Mahendra Nath Pandey, Kaushal Kishore and senior leader and eight-time MP Maneka Gandhi have been trailing in Kheri, Chandauli, Mohanlalganj and Sultanpur respectively while Union Minister Anupriya Patel of the Apna Dal(S) is leading in the Mirzapur constituency. In the Faizabad seat in Ayodhya district, the BJP's Lallu Singh is trailing against SP's Awadhesh Prasad. The construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya was cited as an achievement by the BJP leaders during the election campaign. In Ghazipur, slain gangster-turned politician Mukhtar Ansari's brother Afzal Ansari, who is an SP candidate, is leading against BJP's Paras Nath Rai. NDA ally Nishad Party chief Sanjay Nishad's son Praveen Nishad (BJP candidate) is trailing in Sant Kabir Nagar by 78,427 votes against SP's Laximkant Pappu Nishad. Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party Chief Om Prakash Rajbhar's son Arvind Rajbhar is also trailing in the Ghosi seat by 62,973 against SP's Rajeev Rai. Chandrashekhar of Azad Samaj Party (Kanshiram) seems set to clinch a victory in Nagina (SC) seat in his electoral debut as he is leading by 1,09,799 votes over BJP's Om Kumar. BJP crosses halfway mark in Odisha, edges closer to ending BJD's 25-year rule

The New Indian Express 4 Jun 2024 4:10 pm

Hema Malini leads in Mathura by over 2 lakh votes, outlines her goals for third term

New Delhi, June 4 (IANS) With counting underway for the Lok Sabha elections, BJP candidate Hema Malini is leading in the Mathura parliamentary constituency by a margin of over 2 lakh votes. Along with the Bollywood actress, INDIA bloc candidate Mukesh Dhangar, Bahujan Samaj Partys (BSP) Suresh Singh, among others contested the elections from this []

bhaskarlive 4 Jun 2024 4:09 pm

Handloom Saree: From Smriti Irani to Dimple Yadav, everyone likes handloom sarees

Today is going to be a very important day for every Indian. The result of the Lok Sabha elections is coming today, due to which people are glued to the TV. The counting of votes has also started in the morning. In this election, the parties have shown a lot of faith in women's power. This is the reason why in this Lok Sabha election, parties have fielded women candidates from many places. Smriti Irani, Dimple Yadav, and many other eminent women are giving tough competition in this election. In this Lok Sabha election, many such women candidates have won the hearts of the people with their words and work as well as their simple looks. There are many such women candidates who not only like to wear the special handloom saree made in India, but they also keep promoting it in the country and abroad. In this article, we will show you the saree looks of those candidates who like handloom sarees a lot. Dimple Yadav People are crazy about the simple look of the Samajwadi Party candidate from Mainpuri, UP, and the wife of former Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, Dimple Yadav. She is always seen wearing light-coloured handloom sarees. She is seen wearing handloom sarees even in the biggest events. Smriti Irani Smriti Irani, who once ruled the TV, is a well-known actress. Today, she is a big name in the world of politics. This year, the BJP has chosen her as its candidate for the Amethi Lok Sabha seat. She is often seen wearing handloom and Kota Moonga sarees. She does not shy away from promoting handloom even when she goes abroad. Navneet Rana BJP candidate from Maharashtra's Amravati seat Navneet Rana's saree looks are also very simple. She is mostly seen wearing silk and cotton sarees. She also advises people to wear handloom sarees. Kangana Ranaut This time BJP has fielded Kangana Ranaut from the Mandi seat of Himachal. Kangana is a famous actress, due to which her looks are always beautiful. Despite being from the world of glamour, she often wins the hearts of people with her simple looks. Kangana herself mostly wears handloom sarees and at the same time, she also encourages people to promote it. Hema Malini In this Lok Sabha election, once again BJP has fielded Hema Malini from Mathura Lok Sabha seat. Hema Malini is also called Dream Girl. Her saree looks are very amazing. She is often seen wearing Kanjivaram silk sarees. Among handloom sarees, Kanjivaram sarees are made with the hard work of artisans. Due to this, its price is very high. (PC: Instagram)

Kalam Times 4 Jun 2024 3:38 pm

UP: INDIA bloc Leading in 44 Seats, BJP-led NDA in 35

Lucknow: The INDIA bloc was leading in 44 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh and the BJP-led NDA in 35, according to trends on the Election Commission website.INDIA bloc parties SP and Congress were leading in 37 and 7 seats, the election panel's data for polls to the 80 parliamentary constituencies in the state showed. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was leading in 33 seats and its allies Rashtriya Lok Dal and Apna Dal in one seat each. Chandrashekhar of Azad Samaj Party (Kanshiram) was leading by 1,09,799 votes over BJP's Om Kumar. Among the prominent leaders who have taken comfortable leads over their rivals are Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh in Lucknow, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav and his wife Dimple Yadav in Kannauj and Mainpuri, Congress candidates Rahul Gandhi and Kishori Lal Sharma in Rae Bareli and Amethi. The BJP's Hema Malini is leading in Mathura while Arun Govil is trailing in Meerut. Former Wrestling Federation of India chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh's son Karan Bhushan Singh is leading by 82,236 votes over SP's Bhagat Ram in Kaiserganj. Brij Bhushan was denied a ticket by the party this time and his son was given a chance due to the controversy due to women wrestlers' allegations of sexual harassment against them. Senior BJP leaders Smriti Irani, Ajay Mishra Teni, and Maneka Gandhi were trailing in the Amethi, Kheri, and Sultanpur while Anupriya Patel of the Apna Dal(S) is leading in the Mirzapur constituency. In the Faizabad seat in Ayodhya district, BJP's Lallu Singh is trailing by 85,12 votes against SP's Awadhesh Prasad. The construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya was cited as an achievement by the BJP leaders during the election campaign. In Ghazipur, slain mafia Mukhtar Ansari's brother Afzal Ansari, who is an SP candidate, is leading by 56,326 votes against BJP's Paras Nath Rai. NDA ally Nishad Party chief Sanjay Nishad's son Praveen Nishad (BJP candidate) is trailing in Sant Kabir Nagar by 78,427 votes against SP's Laximkant Pappu Nishad. Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party Chief Om Prakash Rajbhar's son Arvind Rajbhar is also trailing in the Ghosi seat by 62,973 against SP's Rajeev Rai.

Deccan Chronicle 4 Jun 2024 3:21 pm

LS elections 2024: BJP's Kangana Ranaut Leading from Mandi, Arun Govil Trails in Meerut

New Delhi: Actor Kangana Ranaut is on the way to become a parliamentarian as the BJP candidate from Himachal Pradesh's Mandi is leading by a margin of over 75,000 votes, according to Election Commission trends. Ranaut, the four-time National Award-winning actor, has been fielded against Vikramaditya Singh of the Congress. Ramayan actor Arun Govil, meanwhile, is trailing the Meerut Lok Sabha constituency by over 20,000 votes. Samajwadi Party's Sunita Verma is currently in the lead from the seat, as per trends available till 1.30 pm. Veteran actor Hema Malini, seeking a third term in Lok Sabha from Mathura, is ahead by over 2 lakh votes. Her nearest rival is Mukesh Dhangar of the Congress. Another BJP candidate, actor Suresh Gopi from Thrissur, Kerala, is leading by over 73,000 votes. Veteran actor Shatrughan Sinha, who has been given a ticket by the Trinamool Congress, is also leading in his bid to get elected from Asansol, West Bengal. He has a lead of over 47,000 votes over BJP's Surendrajeet Singh Ahluwalia, according to trends available on the Election Commission website. Other notable celebrity candidates in the electoral fray include BJP's Manoj Tiwari and Ravi Kishan from Northeast Delhi and Gorakhpur, respectively. Tiwari is leading by 1 lakh votes over Kanhaiya Kumar (Congress), while Kishan is ahead by over 41,000 in his constituency. Kishan is pitted against Samajwadi Party's Kajal Nishad. BJP's Locket Chatterjee is trailing in her constituency Hooghly in West Bengal with TMC's Rachna Banerjee leading from the seat by over 34,000 votes. As per the trends, the NDA was close to the 300 mark, comfortably over the magic figure of 272 with the opposition INDIA bloc making significant gains.

Deccan Chronicle 4 Jun 2024 2:51 pm

Video: Hema Malini shares excitement as she leads in Mathura

Video Hema Malini shares excitement as she leads in Mathura

India Today 4 Jun 2024 12:40 pm

Leading from Mathura, Hema Malini says formation of Modi sarkar vital for country

Mathura: Seeking a third term from Mathura, veteran actress and politician Hema Malini said on Tuesday that it is extremely important for the country and the future generations that Modi sarkar comes back to power once again. It is extremely important for the country and the future generations that Modi sarkar is formed again. I 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 4 Jun 2024 11:05 am

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

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

The Quint 4 Jun 2024 6:50 am

Repolling underway in two booths in West Bengal

The booth in the Barasat constituency is located at the Kadambagachi Saradar Para FP School in the Deganga assembly segment, while the one in Mathurapur is located at the Aaddir Mahal Srichaitanya Bidyapith in the Kakdwip assembly seat, they added.

The Economic Times 3 Jun 2024 12:06 pm

Repolling underway in two West Bengal booths

KOLKTA: Repolling was underway on Monday at one booth each in the Barasat and Mathurapur Lok Sabha constituencies in West Bengal, officials said. The repolling started at 7 am and would continue till 6 pm, they said. The booth in the Barasat constituency is located at the Kadambagachi Saradar Para FP School in the Deganga assembly segment, while the one in Mathurapur is located at the Aaddir Mahal Srichaitanya Bidyapith in the Kakdwip assembly seat, they added. The decision of repolling was taken on Sunday based on reports of the returning officers, the district election officers and observers concerned, officials said. Voting in the two constituencies was held on June 1. Violence and clashes mark sixth phase of Lok Sabha elections in West Bengal

The New Indian Express 3 Jun 2024 9:27 am

West Bengal Witnesses Fresh Round of Repolling Amid Tight Security

West Bengal Witnesses Fresh Round of Repolling Amid Tight Security Repolling is currently underway at one booth each in West Bengal's Barasat and Mathurapur Lok Sabha constituencies, according to officials. Starting early at 7 am, the voting process is set to continue until 6 pm, ensuring thorough coverage throughout the day. The booths are located at Kadambagachi Saradar Para FP School in Deganga and Aaddir Mahal Srichaitanya Bidyapith in Kakdwip, respectively, following a decision based on detailed reports from returning officers, district election officers, and observers. This development comes after the original voting on June 1, underscoring the significance of maintaining electoral integrity.

devdiscourse 3 Jun 2024 9:07 am

Post-poll violence erupts, Bengal BJP chief warns UP-style encounters

KOLKATA: Violence marred the final phase of Lok Sabha polls in Bengal with a BJP worker being hacked to death by a group of men in Nadia district. The saffron party was quick to hold the ruling Trinamool Congress responsible for the crime. Reacting to the incident, state BJP president Sukanta Majumdar warned the TMC goons of getting Uttar Pradesh treatment. He asked them to brace for an encounter after the change of power in the state. Dismissing the allegations, the TMC termed the killing the fallout of a family feud. According to police sources, the incident took place at Kaliganj in the northern part of the district when BJP worker, Hafijur Sheikh, was playing carrom with others on Saturday night. Around 10-12 people came on motorbikes and first shot Sheikh and then hacked him, killing him on the spot. Irate locals demonstrated for over two hours and disallowed the police to lift the body, which was later sent for post-mortem examination. The BJPs Uttar Nadia unit president, Arjun Biswas, alleged that TMC goons killed the party worker. District TMC leader Rukbanur Rahman, however, blamed family feud behind the murder and said the Trinamool Congress has no role in it. Family members of the deceased demanded an immediate arrest of the culprits. Alleging electoral malpractices, the BJP has sought repoll in some booths at Mathurapur and Diamond Harbour seats. Meanwhile, state Governor C V Ananda Bose on Sunday expressed his concern on the reports about another post-poll violence in Sandeshkhali, and asked Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to intervene immediately and restore peace there. Bose told PTI that he has written to Banerjee, asking her to inform him about the action taken against those involved in the incidents of violence in Sandeshkhali in North 24 Parganas district. I am a bit worried about the situation in Sandeshkhali. From the inputs I have received, I have come to know about incidents of attacks on the women of Sandeshkhali within hours after the polling was over yesterday. I have written to the Chief Minister about the steps taken in this regard, Bose said. If such attacks continue and the inhabitants are tortured, I will open the doors of the Raj Bhavan for them to come and stay here. They will be provided safe shelter here, he added. Based on reports of the returning officers, the district poll officers and observers concerned, the Election Commission has ordered re-polling at one booth each in the Barasat and Mathurapur Lok Sabha constituencies, an official said. Fallout a family feud Dismissing the allegations, the TMC termed the killing the fallout of a family feud. According to police sources, the incident took place at Kaliganj in the northern part of the district when BJP worker Hafijur Sheikh was playing carrom with others on Saturday night. Around 1012 people on motorbikes shot Sheikh. (With inputs from PTI)

The New Indian Express 3 Jun 2024 8:44 am

Election Body Orders Repolling At Barasat, Mathurapur In West Bengal Today

The Election Commission has ordered repolling at one polling station each in the Barasat and Mathurapur Lok Sabha constituencies in West Bengal on Monday, a day before the counting of votes.

NDTV 3 Jun 2024 7:54 am

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE Updates: Repolling at Bengal's Barasat, Mathurapur Today; EC's Presser Before Results

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: The Election Commission will hold a press conference today regarding announcing the much-awaited Lok Sabha poll results

News18 3 Jun 2024 6:56 am

Lok Sabha Elections 2024 Live: EC orders repolling at Barasat, Mathurapur in West Bengal today

Clashes broke out between supporters of Trinamool Congress (TMC), Indian Secular Front (ISF) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in various areas of the state in the seventh and final phase of Lok Sabha polls on June 1

DNA India 3 Jun 2024 6:40 am

Repolling Ordered In West Bengal's Barasat, Mathurapur Day Before Counting

The Election Commission has ordered repolling at one polling station each in the Barasat and Mathurapur Lok Sabha constituencies in West Bengal on Monday, a day before the counting of votes.

NDTV 3 Jun 2024 4:04 am

Repolling ordered in two West Bengal booths

The Election Commission on Sunday mandated a re-election at two polling stations in Bengal. One booth is in Deganga under the Barasat constituency, while the other is in Kakdwip under the Mathurapur constituency. The re-polling is scheduled to take place from 7 am to 6 pm on June 3. The decision was based on reports from poll officials, considering all material circumstances on record.

The Times of India 3 Jun 2024 2:46 am

EC orders repolling in two booths in West Bengal

Election Commission orders repolling at specific booths in Barasat and Mathurapur Lok Sabha constituencies on Sunday. Repolling scheduled from 7 am to 6 pm on Monday at Kadambagachi Saradar Para FP School and Aaddir Mahal Srichaitanya Bidyapith. BJP seeks repoll at Diamond Harbour Lok Sabha seat.

The Economic Times 2 Jun 2024 9:40 pm

BJP Worker Murdered in West Bengal's Post-Poll Violence; Head Taken

Kolkata: A BJP worker was allegedly murdered at Krishnanagar in Nadia of West Bengal, marking the start of post-poll violence in the state. The victim, Hafizul Sheikh, 30, from Kaliganj had joined the BJP about three months ago. According to the BJP, a gang of 10 pesons, backed by the TMC, shot Sheikh dead at around 6.30 pm on Saturday at the Chandpur bus stop area. Krishnanagar BJP candidate Amrita Roy visited the spot on Sunday along with her party leaders. She alleged, The body was beheaded. The head was taken away by the attackers. This shows that they were taking revenge as he had joined our party and worked for the Lok Sabha election campaign. TMC carried out the murder out of fear. In yet another incident, BJP worker Ramen Shau, party agent at a booth in Beliaghata under Kolkata North parliamentary constituency, was beaten up by TMC supporters. State BJP president Sukanta Majumdar warned the TMC goons of getting an Uttar Pradesh treatment and facing encounter after the change of power in the state. Meanwhile, BJP has sought repoll in some booths at Mathurapur and Diamond Harbour seats over electoral malpractices.

Deccan Chronicle 2 Jun 2024 8:49 pm

Heat Wave Response: Temples Alter Deity Routines for Comfort

This year, India is witnessing the onslaught of record-breaking heat waves, with the scorching sun seeming relentless. Trees, animals, and humans alike are bearing the brunt of this blistering heat. Efforts to Provide Relief To alleviate the wrath of this intense heat, various measures are being taken from Mathura to Ayodhya. Let's explore how the daily routine and dietary habits of the deities in the Banke Bihari Temple in Mathura and the Ram Temple in Ayodhya have been altered during this heat wave. Why Changes in the Deities' Routine? In Hinduism, when an idol is consecrated in a temple, it is believed to embody the divine presence. In Ayodhya's Ram Temple, Lord Rama is depicted as a child of five years, while in Mathura's Banke Bihari Temple, Lord Krishna is portrayed as a child. Here, the deities are treated much like children, with care given to their attire, food, and daily routines. This is why adjustments are made to the deities' diet and lifestyle according to the weather. Dietary Changes in Ayodhya's Ram Temple To protect Ramlala from the intense heat, several arrangements have been made in Ayodhya. Instead of offering traditional sweets like kheer and puri, cooling items such as lassi, thandai, buttermilk, and seasonal fruits (such as melons, mangoes, and cucumbers) are now being offered morning and evening. Coolers and air conditioners have been installed in the temple. Efforts to Beat the Heat at Banke Bihari Temple In the world-renowned Banke Bihari Temple, efforts are underway to protect Lord Krishna from the heat and provide him with comfort. A flower bungalow is set up every year during the summer months. This arrangement begins from the festival of Chaitra Ekadashi and continues until Hariyali Amavasya. Every day, the flower bungalow is decorated with roses, jasmine, mogra, and other beautiful and fragrant flowers. These flowers provide a cooling effect. In addition to this, Lord Krishna is offered yogurt, rabri, and cucumbers as part of his diet. As temperatures soar across the country, temples are adapting their practices to ensure the comfort and well-being of the deities they worship. Whether it's changing dietary habits or arranging for cooling measures, these efforts reflect a deep reverence and care for the divine beings worshipped by millions. What kind of diet should a cancer patient follow after chemotherapy, know what the experts say How Much Milk Should Women Drink During Pregnancy? Parenting Tips: How should a mother-daughter relationship be?

News Track 2 Jun 2024 12:48 pm

Krishna Janmabhoomi-Shahi Eidgah dispute: HC agrees to hear mosque lawyer

Prayagraj: In an unexpected development, the Allahabad High Court, after reserving its order on an application challenging the maintainability of suits related to the Krishna Janmabhoomi-Shahi Eidgah dispute, has reopened the same for hearing, after the counsel for Shahi Eidgah Masjid, Mathura Mehmood Pracha moved an application requesting that he be heard in the 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 2 Jun 2024 7:46 am

Allahabad High Court Reopens Mathura Land Dispute Case After Reserving Order

In an unexpected development, the Allahabad High Court, after reserving its order on an application challenging the maintainability of suits related to the Krishna Janmabhoomi-Shahi Eidgah dispute, has reopened the same for hearing.

NDTV 2 Jun 2024 6:53 am

History-sheeter killed in police encounter in Mathura

LUCKNOW/MATHURA (UP), June 1: A history-sheeter carrying a reward of Rs 50,000 died on Saturday after an encounter with the police, officials said. According to a statement issued, Uttar Pradesh Director General of Police Prashant Kumar said that Manoj alias Uttam had multiple rape and robbery cases registered against him. On the intervening night of []

thehillstimes 2 Jun 2024 1:35 am

Mathura Shri Krishna Janmbhoomi complex case maintainability hearing on June 4

After the Allahabad High Court on Friday reserved its order regarding deciding the maintainability of 18 suits filed by Hindu petitioners seeking removal of Shahi Eidgah from the Shri Krishnajanmbhoomi complex in Mathura, the mosque committee filed another application alleging it was not given adequate time to argue its case.

The Economic Times 1 Jun 2024 11:27 pm

Narendra Modi's BJP Manifesto: Key Promises & Controversial Plans

Narendra Modi's BJP Manifesto: Key Promises & Controversial Plans Here are some of the main promises made by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in its election manifesto and at campaign rallies. Modi is expected to win a third straight term after voting in the general election that ended on Saturday, exit polls showed. Results are due on June 4. UNIFORM CIVIL CODE The BJP's manifesto promises a national code that will replace religion-specific civil laws in the country, a move many Muslims say is aimed at curbing centuries-old religious practices that the minority follows. A uniform set of civil laws has been one of BJP's core promises but has remained elusive as it is communally contentious. Currently, Indians from different religions can follow laws specific to their faith or opt for a secular code. Laws on who and how many people a person can marry, how to end a marriage, and inheritance differ by religion. The new code will spell out the same set of rules for everyone. The BJP says the code is critical to ensure gender justice, equality and to foster national unity and integration. TEMPLES AT CONTROVERSIAL SITES After Modi inaugurated a temple to the Hindu God Ram at a fiercely contested site earlier this year, fulfilling a long-held promise, party leaders have said another emphatic electoral victory would help them build temples on other disputed sites. Hindu groups have for long claimed that for centuries Muslim invaders built mosques over demolished Hindu temples. Courts are hearing cases against two such mosques in BJP-run Uttar Pradesh state: in Modi's Varanasi constituency and in Mathura. ONE NATION, ONE ELECTION Modi's party has promised to implement an official report recommending elections to India's 28 state assemblies and national parliament at the same time, every five years. Currently, state elections do not need to coincide with national elections, leading to a situation where the country hosts one election or another every few months. A government-appointed panel in March said holding simultaneous elections would improve governance and growth, but Modi's opponents say it violates the federal system guaranteed in India's constitution. The move will require a new law that will have to be passed by parliament and ratified by all states. ECONOMY The BJP manifesto guarantees India will become the third-largest economy in the world, from fifth-largest. The party promises to maintain high growth and low inflation while keeping budget deficit under control. It also talks about boosting manufacturing and employment opportunities. To make India an attractive destination, a new Modi government is likely to implement labour laws that make it easier for companies to hire and fire employees. However, the government has failed to create enough jobs during the last 10 years, which led to sporadic protests from job seekers. According to private think-tank CMIE, the unemployment rate in India rose to 8.1% in April from 7.4% in March 2024. Modi also has not laid out firm plans to control high food prices, a key plank for the opposition during the campaign. PEACE IN INDIAN NORTHEAST Modi's party also promises to maintain peace in the nation's northeast, without mentioning the BJP-run and violence-torn state of Manipur where ethnic clashes have killed at least 220 people and displaced thousands. Many state residents say there is widespread disappointment over the inability of Modi's government to end what critics have called a mixture of anarchy and civil war. Rahul Gandhi, Modi's key rival from the Congress party, has repeatedly questioned Modi's failure to visit the state despite the prolonged conflict.

devdiscourse 1 Jun 2024 11:17 pm

West Bengal Sees 69.89% Voter Turnout in Final Lok Sabha Polls Phase

West Bengal Sees 69.89% Voter Turnout in Final Lok Sabha Polls Phase West Bengal saw a voter turnout of 69.89% till 5 pm in the ninth and final phase of Lok Sabha elections on Saturday, according to officials. In the 2019 general elections, the turnout in these constituencies was 78.51%. Polling commenced at 7 am across nine seats and continued until 6 pm, with the final turnout figures to be released by the Election Commission on Sunday. Basirhat reported the highest turnout at 76.56%, followed by Mathurapur (74.13%), Jaynagar (73.44%), Diamond Harbour (72.87%), Barasat (71.80%), Jadavpur (70.41%), Dum Dum (67.60%), Kolkata Dakshin (60.88%), and Kolkata Uttar (59.23%). Chief Electoral Officer Ariz Aftab stated that the polling was largely peaceful, though there were sporadic incidents of violence and 24 people were injured. According to Aftab, 2,667 complaints of EVM malfunction and obstruction of agents were received by 4 pm. A total of 1,63,40,345 voters were eligible to cast their ballots across 17,470 polling stations, with 967 companies of central forces and over 33,000 state police personnel ensuring security.

devdiscourse 1 Jun 2024 11:07 pm

West Bengal Sees 58.46% Voter Turnout by 3 PM in Final Election Phase

West Bengal Sees 58.46% Voter Turnout by 3 PM in Final Election Phase In the final phase of the Lok Sabha elections, West Bengal witnessed a voter turnout of 58.46% by 3 PM on Saturday. According to an Election Commission official, polling commenced at 7 AM and will continue until 6 PM. Basirhat constituency recorded the highest voter turnout at 66.76%, followed by Mathurapur at 63.66%, Jaynagar at 62.24%, Diamond Harbour at 61.08%, and Barasat at 59.69%. Turnout in Jadavpur was reported at 56.49%, Dum Dum at 53.06%, Kolkata Uttar at 51.22%, and Kolkata Dakshin at 50.61%. The Baranagar by-poll saw a 53.4% turnout by 3 PM. The Election Commission has so far received 2,667 complaints. A total of 1,63,40,345 voters, including 80,20,326 women and 538 belonging to the third gender, are eligible to vote across 17,470 polling stations. To ensure security, 967 companies of central forces and over 33,000 state police personnel have been deployed.

devdiscourse 1 Jun 2024 4:28 pm

TMC indulges in violence to keep its corrupt regime: CPI (M) West Bengal secretary Mohammad Salim

TMC indulges in violence to keep its corrupt regime: CPI (M) West Bengal secretary Mohammad Salim Accusing the Trinamool Congress of indulging in violence on voting day to save its corrupt regime, CPI (M) West Bengal secretary and former MP Mohammad Salim on Thursday appealed the people to cast their vote for peace. People should vote for peace in Bengal and other parts of India. Trinamool Congress indulges in violence to keep its corrupt regime in West Bengal. BJP and TMC are together because they saw the growing support for the Congress-Left alliance in the state, Salim told ANI after casting his vote at a polling station in Kolkata in the last phase of the 2024 Lok Sabha election. Salim, who is also the CPI(M) candidate from the Murshidabad constituency, said that the Left is confident of regime change at the Centre. Though TMC is part of the INDIA alliance at the national level, the party does not have a seat-sharing agreement with the Left parties and the Congress in the state. The state witnessed untoward incidents during the voting on Saturday. Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) were looted by a local mob and two VVPAT machines have been thrown inside a pond in South 24 Parganas officials said. According to the Chief Electoral Office, West Bengal, an FIR has been lodged by the Sector Officer and necessary action has been initiated. Today morning at 6.40 am Reserve EVMs and papers of Sector Officer near Benimadhavpur FP school, at 129-Kultali AC of 19-Jaynagar (SC) PC has been looted by local mob and 1 CU, 1 BU, 2VVPAT machines have been thrown inside a pond, CEO West Bengal posted on X. The CEO further informed that fresh EVM and papers have been provided to the Sector Officer. Sector Police was a little behind. FIR has been lodged by the Sector Officer and necessary action has been initiated. The poll process in all six booths under the Sector is running uninterrupted. Fresh EVM and papers have been provided to the Sector Officer, the CEO added. BJP leader Amit Malviya criticised the incident and said that the democracy is up in flames in West Bengal. Democracy is up in flames in West Bengal. Bombs have been hurled in Jadavpur's Bhangar, irate villagers in Joynagar's Kulti have thrown an EVM and VVPAT machine in a pond because TMC goons won't let them vote, he posted on X. Malviya further said that Diamond Harbour, where Mamata Banerjee's nephew and heir apparent is contesting is the most affected constituency. But the worst affected is Diamond Harbour, where Mamata Banerjee's nephew and heir apparent is contesting from. BJP workers are being intimidated, not allowed to sit in the booths, their polling documents Ana ched and destroyed... WB Police is acting like Abhishek Banerjee's henchmen. Even the Muslims have not been spared because a large number of them are voting for CPI(M) candidate Pratikur Rahman. TMC's 'secularism' dies the moment Muslims start voting against it, he wrote on X.Voting began at 7 am in West Bengal's nine seats including-- Barasat, Basirhat, Diamond Harbour, Dum Dum, Jaynagar, Jadavpur, Kolkata Dakshin, Kolkata Uttar, and Mathurapur. After the close of voting on June 1, the outcome of exit polls will be aired on various TV channels. The Election Commission has issued a ban on exit polls from 7 am on April 19 to 6:30 pm on June 1, till the conclusion of polling. Polling for the earlier six phases of Lok Sabha elections was held on April 19, April 26, May 7, May 13, May 20, and May 25. Assembly polls have also been held in Andhra Pradesh, Sikkim, and Arunachal Pradesh. Odisha is seeing simultaneous polls to Lok Sabha and assembly in the last four phases. (ANI)

devdiscourse 1 Jun 2024 2:30 pm

CPI(M) Accuses TMC of Intimidation and Electoral Malpractices During West Bengal Polls

CPI(M) Accuses TMC of Intimidation and Electoral Malpractices During West Bengal Polls The CPI(M) accused ruling Trinamool Congress workers of intimidating its polling agents and other electoral malpractices in different constituencies during the seventh phase of Lok Sabha elections being held in nine seats in West Bengal on Saturday. CPI(M) candidates in Jadavpur, Diamond Harbour, Kolkata Dakshin, Dum Dum and Mathurapur alleged that polling agents of the party were facing intimidation and were forced out of the polling booths in some places. The party alleged that despite the deployment of local police and central forces, incidents of threats and assault were taking place. CPI(M)'s Diamond Harbour Lok Sabha seat candidate Pratikur Rahaman alleged that the party's workers and supporters were being intimidated in different places, including Diamond Harbour, Falta and parts of Budge Budge assembly segments. ''I had to shift one of our party workers to hospital after he was badly beaten up for protesting black taping the names of opposition candidates on EVMs,'' Rahaman said, pointing fingers at TMC supporters. Accusing the CPI(M) of making lame excuses, TMC spokesperson Shantanu Sen sought to remind that the Left party does not have any representation in the West Bengal assembly or the outgoing Lok Sabha from the state. He claimed that the CPI(M) will come out with similar results on June 4 also, when the counting of votes for the general elections will be held. ''Knowing fully well that they will also get a big zero, they are trying to give some lame excuses,'' Sen said. Rahaman also claimed that voters were also being intimidated and that false voting was taking place in some places. The Left party's candidate in the prestigious Kolkata Dakshin constituency, Saira Shah Halim, alleged that false voting was going on in some booths in the constituency. A CPI(M) party official present at a booth in Ballygunge assembly segment claimed that their polling agent was forced out. Similar allegations were also made by the CPI(M) in a few places in Basirhat and Dum Dum Lok Sabha constituencies. In Baranagar assembly segment, where a byelection is also being held simultaneously, CPI(M) candidate Tanmay Bhattacharya scuffled with local TMC leaders at a booth in BKC College. Police officials intervened and separated them. CPI(M)'s state secretariat member Samik Lahiri said that the party lodged complaints with the Election Commission alleging ''mass scale rigging'' in Diamond Harbour constituency. ''We have made two complaints to the EC with regard to Diamond Harbour,'' Lahiri, a four-term MP from the seat till 2009, said. He said that several other complaints were also lodged with the EC over alleged intimidation of polling agents and false voting in other constituencies where polling was being held on Saturday.

devdiscourse 1 Jun 2024 2:30 pm

West Bengal Polls: 45.07% Voter Turnout Till 1 PM in Final Phase

West Bengal Polls: 45.07% Voter Turnout Till 1 PM in Final Phase A voter turnout of 45.07 per cent was recorded till 1 pm on Saturday in nine Lok Sabha seats in West Bengal in the seventh and final phase of elections, an EC official said. Polling started at 7 am and will continue till 6 am. The highest polling of 50.89 per cent was registered in the Basirhat seat, followed by Jaynagar at 48.27 per cent, Barasat at 47.49 per cent, Diamond Harbour at 47.33 per cent and Mathurapur at 47.03 per cent, he said. Voter turnout in Jadavpur was recorded at 43.25 per cent, Dum Dum at 41.09 per cent, Kolkata Dakshin at 39.70 and Kolkata Uttar at 39.48 per cent, he added. The polling percentage in the Baranagar assembly bypoll was 41.10 per cent till 1 pm, he said. Till 1 pm, 1,899 complaints were received by the Election Commission, the official said. A total of 1,63,40,345 voters, including 80,20,326 women and 538 belonging to the third gender, are eligible to exercise their franchise in the 17,470 polling stations. The EC has deployed 967 companies of central forces along with over 33,000 state police personnel in the final phase of polling, the official added.

devdiscourse 1 Jun 2024 2:07 pm

West Bengal Voter Turnout: 28.10% in First Four Hours

West Bengal Voter Turnout: 28.10% in First Four Hours A voter turnout of 28.10 per cent was recorded in the first four hours of polling to nine Lok Sabha seats in West Bengal in the last phase of elections on Saturday, an EC official said. Polling started at 7 am and will continue till 6 am. The highest polling of 32.57 per cent was registered in the Basirhat seat, followed by Diamond Harbour at 31.51 per cent, Mathurapur at 30.50 per cent and Jaynagar at 30.25 per cent, he said. Voter turnout in Barasat was recorded at 27.86 per cent, Jadavpur at 26.51 per cent, Dum Dum at 24.83 per cent, while both Kolkata Dakshin and Kolkata Uttar registered 24.02 per cent each, he added. Till 11 am, 1,450 complaints were received by the Election Commission, the official said. A total of 1,63,40,345 voters, including 80,20,326 women and 538 belonging to the third gender, are eligible to exercise their franchise in the 17,470 polling stations. The EC has deployed 967 companies of central forces along with over 33,000 state police personnel in the final phase of polling, the official added.

devdiscourse 1 Jun 2024 12:13 pm

LS Polls: Mob loots EVM, throws VVPAT machine in pond in Bengal

South 24 Parganas (West Bengal): Amid the seventh and the last phase of the Lok Sabha election which began at 7 am on Saturday, Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) were looted by local mob and two VVPAT machines have been thrown inside a pond in South 24 Parganas, West Bengal, officials said. According to the Chief Electoral Office, West Bengal, an FIR has been lodged by the Sector Officer and necessary action has been initiated. Today morning at 6.40 am Reserve EVMs and papers of Sector Officer near Benimadhavpur FP school, at 129-Kultali AC of 19-Jaynagar (SC) PC has been looted by local mob and 1 CU, 1 BU, 2VVPAT machines have been thrown inside a pond, CEO West Bengal posted on X. The CEO further informed that fresh EVM and papers have been provided to the Sector Officer. Sector Police was a little behind. FIR has been lodged by the Sector Officer and necessary action has been initiated. The poll process in all six booths under the Sector is running uninterrupted. Fresh EVM and papers have been provided to the Sector Officer, the CEO added. BJP leader Amit Malviya criticised the incident and said that the democracy is up in flames in West Bengal. Democracy is up in flames in West Bengal. Bombs have been hurled in Jadavpur's Bhangar, irate villagers in Joynagar's Kulti have thrown an EVM and VVPAT machine in a pond because TMC goons won't let them vote, he posted on X. Malviya further said that Diamond Harbour, where Mamata Banerjee's nephew and heir apparent is contesting is the most affected constituency. But the worst affected is Diamond Harbour, where Mamata Banerjee's nephew and heir apparent is contesting from. BJP workers are being intimidated, not allowed to sit in the booths, their polling documents Ana ched and destroyed... WB Police is acting like Abhishek Banerjee's henchmen. Even the Muslims have not been spared because a large number of them are voting for CPI(M) candidate Pratikur Rahman. TMC's 'secularism' dies the moment Muslims start voting against it, he wrote on X. Voting began at 7 am in West Bengal's nine seats including-- Barasat, Basirhat, Diamond Harbour, Dum Dum, Jaynagar, Jadavpur, Kolkata Dakshin, Kolkata Uttar, and Mathurapur. After the close of voting on June 1, the outcome of exit polls will be aired on various TV channels. The Election Commission has issued a ban on exit polls from 7 am on April 19 to 6:30 pm on June 1, till the conclusion of polling. Polling for the earlier six phases of Lok Sabha elections was held on April 19, April 26, May 7, May 13, May 20, and May 25. Assembly polls have also been held in Andhra Pradesh, Sikkim, and Arunachal Pradesh. Odisha is seeing simultaneous polls to Lok Sabha and assembly in the last four phases.

Deccan Chronicle 1 Jun 2024 11:49 am

Phase 7 polls: Mob loots reserve EVMs, throws VVPAT machine in pond in West Bengals South 24 Paraganas

Voting began at 7 am in West Bengals nine seats including Barasat, Basirhat, Diamond Harbour, Dum Dum, Jaynagar, Jadavpur, Kolkata Dakshin, Kolkata Uttar, and Mathurapur

The Hindu 1 Jun 2024 11:09 am

India's Final Polling Push: Voters Turn Out Across Key States

India's Final Polling Push: Voters Turn Out Across Key States In the seventh and final phase of the general election on Saturday, polling is being held for 57 constituencies spread across seven states and the Union Territory of Chandigarh, including Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh from where Prime Minister Narendra Modi is seeking a third consecutive term in the Lok Sabha. The voting is being held in all 13 seats of Punjab and four of Himachal Pradesh, 13 constituencies in Uttar Pradesh, nine in West Bengal, eight in Bihar, six in Odisha and three in Jharkhand, besides Chandigarh. Polling for the remaining 42 Assembly constituencies in Odisha and bypolls to six Assembly seats in Himachal Pradesh are also taking place simultaneously. Till 9 am, the approximate polling percentage was 11.31 per cent, according to the Election Commission's (EC) voter-turnout app. A voter turnout of nearly 12.15 per cent was recorded in Jharkhand till 9 am. Uttar Pradesh logged a polling percentage of 12.94, West Bengal 12.63, Bihar 10.58 and Himachal Pradesh 14.35. Punjab recorded a voter turnout of 9.64 per cent in the first two hours of polling while Chandigarh registered a voting percentage of 11.64. Odisha recorded around 7.69 per cent voting till 9 pm. The voting began at 7 am. Voters were seen standing in queues in front of polling booths since early in the morning among severe heatwave conditions in several parts of the country. Prime Minister Narendra Modi appealed to people to exercise their franchise. ''Together, let's make our democracy more vibrant and participative,'' the prime minister said on X. ''Today is the final phase of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. As 57 seats across 8 states and UTs go to the polls, calling upon the voters to turnout in large numbers and vote. I hope young and women voters exercise their franchise in record numbers,'' he added. Other prominent candidates among the 904 in the fray are Union minister Anurag Thakur, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's nephew Abhishek Banerjee, RJD supremo Lalu Prasad's daughter Misa Bharti and actor Kangana Ranaut. More than 10.06 crore citizens, including nearly 5.24 crore men, 4.82 crore women and 3,574 third-gender electors, are eligible to vote in this phase. Saturday's voting will mark the end of the marathon polling process that began on April 19. The assemblies of Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim also went to polls. The counting of votes will be taken up on June 4. In Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim, the counting for the Assembly polls will be held on June 2. According to the EC's guidelines, television channels and news outlets will be able to run exit poll data and its results after 6:30 pm. The poll panel has called upon voters to turn out in greater numbers and vote with responsibility and pride. The turnout in the first six phases of the general election was 66.14 per cent, 66.71 per cent, 65.68 per cent, 69.16 per cent, 62.2 per cent and 63.36 per cent respectively. The campaigning for the last phase, which ended on Thursday evening, saw ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders, led by Modi, accusing the Congress and the INDIA opposition bloc of being corrupt, anti-Hindu and engaging in loot, appeasement and dynastic politics. The opposition parties have been claiming that the BJP is anti-farmer, anti-youth and will change and scrap the Constitution if it wins the election. Polling is being held in eight Lok Sabha constituencies of Bihar, along with the bypoll to the Agiaon Assembly seat. Union minister R K Singh and former Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad are among the contestants in the fray. The Dumka, Rajmahal and Godda seats in Jharkhand are going to polls in this phase. All eyes are on Dumka, where the BJP's Sita Soren, the sister-in-law of jailed former Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren, is contesting against the INDIA bloc's Nalin Soren. Sita Soren, a three-term former Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) legislator, joined the BJP just ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. Polling is being held for six Lok Sabha and 42 Assembly seats in Odisha. Assembly Speaker Pramila Mallik, the government's chief whip Prashant Muduli, Odisha BJP chief Manmohan Samal and BJP national vice-president Baijayant Panda are among the candidates in the fray. Voting is also being held for the Dum Dum, Barasat, Basirhat, Jaynagar, Mathurapur, Diamond Harbour, Jadavpur, Kolkata Dakshin and Kolkata Uttar seats in West Bengal. Several heavyweight candidates, including incumbent Trinamool Congress (TMC) MPs Sudip Bandyopadhyay, Sougata Roy and Mala Roy, former Union minister Debasree Chaudhuri of the BJP and senior CPI(M) leader Sujan Chakraborty, are in the fray. Voting is underway in 13 constituencies of Uttar Pradesh, which sends the highest number of 80 members to the Lok Sabha among all the states. In Punjab, INDIA bloc allies -- the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) -- are contesting the election separately, while the BJP and the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) are fighting the polls on their own for the first time since 1996. Polling is being held for four Lok Sabha seats -- Hamirpur, Mandi, Kangra and Shimla -- and six Assembly constituencies of Sujanpur, Dharamshala, Lahaul and Spiti, Barsar, Gagret and Kutlehar in Himachal Pradesh. All eyes are on Mandi, where Ranaut of the BJP has locked horns with the Congress's Vikramaditya Singh. The voting is scheduled to conclude at 6 pm, barring in Jharkhand, where it is scheduled to conclude at 5 pm.

devdiscourse 1 Jun 2024 10:32 am

Final Phase of 2024 Lok Sabha Elections: Key Candidates and Heated Contests

Final Phase of 2024 Lok Sabha Elections: Key Candidates and Heated Contests In the seventh and final phase of the general election on Saturday, polling is being held for 57 constituencies spread across seven states and the Union Territory of Chandigarh, including Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh from where Prime Minister Narendra Modi is seeking a third consecutive term in the Lok Sabha. The voting is being held in all 13 seats of Punjab and four of Himachal Pradesh, 13 constituencies in Uttar Pradesh, nine in West Bengal, eight in Bihar, six in Odisha and three in Jharkhand, besides Chandigarh. Polling for the remaining 42 Assembly constituencies in Odisha and bypolls to six Assembly seats in Himachal Pradesh are also taking place simultaneously. The voting began at 7 am. Voters were seen standing in queues in front of polling booths since early in the morning among severe heatwave conditions in several parts of the country. Prime Minister Narendra Modi appealed to people to exercise their franchise. ''Together, let's make our democracy more vibrant and participative,'' the prime minister said on X. ''Today is the final phase of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. As 57 seats across 8 states and UTs go to the polls, calling upon the voters to turnout in large numbers and vote. I hope young and women voters exercise their franchise in record numbers,'' he added. Other prominent candidates among the 904 in the fray are Union minister Anurag Thakur, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's nephew Abhishek Banerjee, RJD supremo Lalu Prasad's daughter Misa Bharti and actor Kangana Ranaut. More than 10.06 crore citizens, including nearly 5.24 crore men, 4.82 crore women and 3,574 third-gender electors, are eligible to vote in this phase. Saturday's voting will mark the end of the marathon polling process that began on April 19. The assemblies of Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim also went to polls. The counting of votes will be taken up on June 4. In Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim, the counting for the Assembly polls will be held on June 2. According to the Election Commission's (EC) guidelines, television channels and news outlets will be able to run exit poll data and its results after 6:30 pm. The poll panel has called upon voters to turn out in greater numbers and vote with responsibility and pride. The turnout in the first six phases of the general election was 66.14 per cent, 66.71 per cent, 65.68 per cent, 69.16 per cent, 62.2 per cent and 63.36 per cent respectively. The campaigning for the last phase, which ended on Thursday evening, saw ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders, led by Modi, accusing the Congress and the INDIA opposition bloc of being corrupt, anti-Hindu and engaging in loot, appeasement and dynastic politics. The opposition parties have been claiming that the BJP is anti-farmer, anti-youth and will change and scrap the Constitution if it wins the election. Polling is being held in eight Lok Sabha constituencies of Bihar, along with the bypoll to the Agiaon Assembly seat. Union minister R K Singh and former Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad are among the contestants in the fray. The Dumka, Rajmahal and Godda seats in Jharkhand are going to polls in this phase. All eyes are on Dumka, where the BJP's Sita Soren, the sister-in-law of jailed former Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren, is contesting against the INDIA bloc's Nalin Soren. Sita Soren, a three-term former Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) legislator, joined the BJP just ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. Polling has commenced for six Lok Sabha and 42 Assembly seats in Odisha. Assembly Speaker Pramila Mallik, the government's chief whip Prashant Muduli, Odisha BJP chief Manmohan Samal and BJP national vice-president Baijayant Panda are among the candidates in the fray. Voting is also being held for the Dum Dum, Barasat, Basirhat, Jaynagar, Mathurapur, Diamond Harbour, Jadavpur, Kolkata Dakshin and Kolkata Uttar seats in West Bengal. Several heavyweight candidates, including incumbent Trinamool Congress (TMC) MPs Sudip Bandyopadhyay, Sougata Roy and Mala Roy, former Union minister Debasree Chaudhuri of the BJP and senior CPI(M) leader Sujan Chakraborty, are in the fray. Voting is underway in 13 constituencies of Uttar Pradesh, which sends the highest number of 80 members to the Lok Sabha among all the states. In Punjab, INDIA bloc allies -- the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) -- are contesting the election separately, while the BJP and the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) are fighting the polls on their own for the first time since 1996. The Sukhbir Badal-led SAD walked out of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in 2020 over the now-repealed three farm laws. Polling is being held for four Lok Sabha seats -- Hamirpur, Mandi, Kangra and Shimla -- and six Assembly constituencies of Sujanpur, Dharamshala, Lahaul and Spiti, Barsar, Gagret and Kutlehar in Himachal Pradesh. All eyes are on Mandi, where Ranaut of the BJP has locked horns with the Congress's Vikramaditya Singh. The voting is scheduled to conclude at 6 pm, barring in Jharkhand, where it is scheduled to conclude at 5 pm.

devdiscourse 1 Jun 2024 8:56 am

Here are the 57 Seats of LS polls phase seven you need to know

Odisha | Total seats 21 Seats in 7 th Phase 6 Over 99.61 lakh voters will decide the fate of 460 candidates in six Lok Sabha seats and 42 assembly segments in Odisha. A straight fight is expected between the ruling BJD and the opposition BJP in the coastal region, where voting will be held from 7 am to 6 pm in Mayurbhanj, Balasore, Bhadrak, Jajpur, Kendrapara and Jagatsinghpur. Sixty six candidates are in fray in the LS seats and 394 candidates will contest the assembly segments. A total of 50.88 lakh men, 48.72 lakh women and 687 transgender persons are eligible to cast their votes. Bihar | Total seats 40 Seats in 7 th Phase 8 More than 1.6 crore voters will decide the fate of 134 candidates when eight seats go to polls. Several high profile candidates are in the fray Patna Sahib, which covers the state capital, Patliputra that comprises the rural outskirts, Arrah, Karakat, Jehanabad, Buxar, Nalanda and Jehanabad. Stakes are particularly high for the BJP as it seeks to retain five of these seats, which made up for more than a quarter of its state-wide tally of 17. Union minister RK Singh is aiming at a hat-trick from Arrah, where his principal challenger is CPI(ML) MLA Sudama Prasad. Chandigarh| Total seats 1 Seats in 7 th Phase 1 In Chandigarh, BJP candidate Sanjay Tandon is pitted against Congress nominee and former Union minister Manish Tewari. As many as 19 candidates, including two women, are fighting the poll in Chandigarh. It is for the first time that the Congress is fighting the polls in Chandigarh in an alliance with the AAP. The BJP and the SAD are not in alliance this time. There are 6,59,805 voters 3,18,226 women and 35 third gender. Punjab| Total seats 13 Seats in 7 th Phase 13 Punjab is witnessing a multi-cornered contest in all the 13 Lok Sabha seats. The INDIA bloc allies Congress and AAP are contesting the polls separately while the BJP and SAD are fighting on their own for the first time since 1996. Besides these parties, SAD (A) and the BSP have also fielded their candidates. Among the prominent faces, BJP nominee and four-time MP Preneet Kaur is seeking reelection from the Patiala seat. Three-time MP and SADs Harsimrat Kaur Badal and BJPs Parampal Kaur Sidhu, a former IAS officer, are trying their luck from Bathinda while former CM and Congress candidate Channi and BJPs Sushil Rinku are in fray from Jalandhar. Himachal Pradesh| Total seats 4 4 Thirty-seven candidates are in fray for four LS seats and 25 nominees will contest six assembly bypolls in Himachal Pradesh on June 1. The high-pitched campaign in the hill state, filled with rancour and insinuations, ended with two rallies of UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath at Badsar and Mandi and a roadshow of Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra at Solan on Thursday. Due to the assembly bypolls, local issues dominated the campaigning. BJPs Mandi LS candidate Kangna Ranaut and Congress Vikramaditya Singh hogged the limelight due to their controversial remarks. Jharkhand| Total seats 14 Seats in 7 th Phase 3 Over 53.23 lakh voters will cast their votes to choose from 52 candidates in three LS seats in the Santhal Pargana region of Jharkhand. Nineteen candidates each are in fray in Dumka and Godda, while Rajmahal has 14 contestants. In Dumka, BJP candidate Sita Soren will lock horns with INDIA blocs Nalin Soren. Rajmahal will see a triangular fight as JMMs Borio legislator Lobin Hembrom is contesting the seat as an Independent candidate against sitting JMM MP Vijay Hansdak. Godda is set for a direct fight between the BJPs three-time MP Nishikant Dubey and Congresss Pradip Yadav. West bengal | Total seats 42 Seats in 7 th Phase 9 South Bengal, a traditional TMC stronghold, faces a significant electoral battle testing the partys dominance amid an old versus new power struggle, with the national spotlight on Sandeshkhali in Basirhat due to allegations of atrocities on women and land grabs. The final phase will cover Dum Dum, Barasat, Basirhat, Jayanagar, Mathurapur, Diamond Harbour, Jadavpur, Kolkata Dakshin, and Kolkata Uttar, where the TMC secured win in 2019. The results in the 9 seats will be a key for TMC, seeking to maintain its grip amidst challenges from the BJP and the Left-Congress alliance. Uttar pradesh | Total seats 80 Seats in 7 th Phase 13 Along with 13 LS seats, bypoll for the Duddhi (ST) assembly seat in Sonbhadra district will also be held on Saturday. UP will see a direct contest between the NDA and INDIA bloc members SP and Congress. Besides Modi, who is a seeking a third term from Varanasi, there are 143 candidates in fray. Among the prominent seats are Varanasi, Gorakhpur, Chandauli, Maharajganj and Mirzapur (from where Union ministers Mahendra Nath Pandey, Pankaj Chaudhary and Anupriya Patel are contesting), Ghazipur where the late Mukhtar Ansaris brother is in fray and Ballia where former PM Chandrashekhars son Neeraj Shekhar is fielded.

The New Indian Express 1 Jun 2024 8:03 am

Lok Sabha Elections Phase 7 Live: Voting Begins In 57 Seats Across 8 States, UT; PM Modi, Kangana In Fray

The Richie Rich In Elections 2024 The Lok Sabha elections 2024 have witnessed a notable presence of affluent candidates vying for parliamentary seats across the country. With wealth becoming a significant factor in Indian politics, this election cycle sees a significant number of rich candidates in the fray. Voting For 6 LS Segments And 42 Assembly Seats Begins In Odisha Amid Tight Security Polling commenced for six Lok Sabha constituencies and 42 assembly seats in Odisha on Saturday morning, amid tight security, a poll official said. Voting began at 7 am in Mayurbhanj, Balasore, Bhadrak, Jajpur, Kendrapara, and Jagatsinghpur Lok Sabha seats, along with the 42 assembly segments that constitute these parliamentary constituencies. Polling will continue till 6 pm as there are no Maoist-hit zones under these Lok Sabha seats, the official added. Approximately 1 crore voters are eligible to cast their votes across 10,882 booths in the fourth and final round of simultaneous elections in the state. Sixty-six candidates are contesting for the six Lok Sabha seats, while 394 contestants are competing for the 42 assembly segments. Several prominent leaders' fates will be decided in this phase, including Odisha assembly Speaker Pramila Mallik, government chief whip Prashant Muduli, BJP Odisha unit president Manmohan Samal, BJP national vice-president Baijayant Panda, six Odisha ministers, and four sitting MPs. Last Phase Of Polling In 9 Lok Sabha Seats In Bengal Begins Polling in the seventh and last phase of Lok Sabha elections to nine seats in West Bengal began at 7 am on Saturday amid tight security arrangements, an Election Commission of India (ECI) official said. Voting in Dum Dum, Barasat, Basirhat, Jaynagar, Mathurapur, Diamond Harbour, Jadavpur, Kolkata Dakshin and Kolkata Uttar seats will continue till 6 pm, he added. A total of 1.63 crore voters, including 83.19 lakh men, 80.20 lakh women and 538 persons of the third gender, are eligible to exercise their franchise at 17,470 polling stations. Of the 124 candidates in the fray, Kolkata Dakshin has the highest at 17, followed by Jadavpur (16), and 15 each in Basirhat and Kolkata Uttar. Fourteen candidates are contesting from Dum Dum, 12 each from Barasat, Diamond Harbour and Mathurapur and 11 in Jaynagar. Several heavyweight candidates, including Trinamool Congress general secretary Abhishek Banerjee, sitting MPs Sudip Bandyopadhyay, Sougata Roy, and Mala Roy, former Union minister Debasree Chaudhuri of the BJP, and senior CPI (M) leader Sujan Chakraborty are in the fray. The ECI has deployed 967 companies of central forces along with over 33,000 state policemen for the final phase, the official said, adding that 246 companies of central forces along with 11,000 state policemen will be deployed in Kolkata. A total of 384 companies of central forces will be deployed in South 24 Parganas district, while 116 companies will be on duty in Basirhat, he added. Polling Begins For 4 Lok Sabha Seats, 6 Assembly By-Elections In Himachal Polling for four Lok Sabha seats and six assembly by-elections began across Himachal on Saturday morning. As many as 62 candidates, including 37 for Lok Sabha and 25 for assembly by-elections, are in the fray. Prominent leaders whose fate will be sealed in these elections include Anurag Thakur (BJP), Anand Sharma (Congress), Bollywood actor Kangna Ranaut (BJP), Vikramaditya Singh (Congress) and sitting BJP MP from Shimla (SC) Suresh Kashyap. Polling is being held for four Lok Sabha seats -- Hamirpur, Mandi, Kangra and Shimla -- besides by-elections for six assembly constituencies of Sujanpur, Dharamshala, Lahaul and Spiti, Barsar, Gagret and Kutlehar. The voter turnout in Himachal Pradesh was 80.1% in 2019 and Mandi had recorded the highest polling at 82.3%, followed by Kangra 80.9% and Hamirpur and Shimla (SC) 79.9%. Phase 7 Polling Begins: Voting In 57 seats Across 8 States, UT More than a month after India began voting, 57 constituencies across seven states and a Union territory will go to the polls in the seventh and concluding phase of the Lok Sabha elections on Saturday. As many as 904 candidates, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, are in fray in the final phase of Lok Sabha elections to be held on Saturday. PM Modi is seeking a third term in his constituency Varanasi. A total of 57 seats spread across seven states - Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Odisha, Punjab - and the Union territory of Chandigarh will go to polls. Polling for the remaining 42 assembly constituencies in Odisha will also take place simultaneously. Saturday's phase will conclude the polling to elect the 18th Lok Sabha which started on April 19. Polling for 28 states and Union territories across 486 seats has so far been concluded. Counting of votes will take place on June 4. Over 10.06 crore citizens, including nearly 5.24 crore men, 4.82 crore women and 3574 third gender electors are eligible to vote in the last phase. The polling, which started at 7.00 am, will end at 6.00 pm. (With inputs from PTI) . Read more on Lok Sabha Elections 2024 by NDTV Profit.

Bloomberg Quint 1 Jun 2024 7:26 am

Final Phase of Lok Sabha Elections Begins in West Bengal

Final Phase of Lok Sabha Elections Begins in West Bengal Polling in the seventh and last phase of Lok Sabha elections to nine seats in West Bengal began at 7 am on Saturday amid tight security arrangements, an Election Commission of India (ECI) official said. Voting in Dum Dum, Barasat, Basirhat, Jaynagar, Mathurapur, Diamond Harbour, Jadavpur, Kolkata Dakshin and Kolkata Uttar seats will continue till 6 pm, he added. A total of 1.63 crore voters, including 83.19 lakh men, 80.20 lakh women and 538 persons of the third gender, are eligible to exercise their franchise at 17,470 polling stations. Of the 124 candidates in the fray, Kolkata Dakshin has the highest at 17, followed by Jadavpur (16), and 15 each in Basirhat and Kolkata Uttar. Fourteen candidates are contesting from Dum Dum, 12 each from Barasat, Diamond Harbour and Mathurapur and 11 in Jaynagar. Several heavyweight candidates, including Trinamool Congress general secretary Abhishek Banerjee, sitting MPs Sudip Bandyopadhyay, Sougata Roy, and Mala Roy, former Union minister Debasree Chaudhuri of the BJP, and senior CPI (M) leader Sujan Chakraborty are in the fray. The ECI has deployed 967 companies of central forces along with over 33,000 state policemen for the final phase, the official said, adding that 246 companies of central forces along with 11,000 state policemen will be deployed in Kolkata. A total of 384 companies of central forces will be deployed in South 24 Parganas district, while 116 companies will be on duty in Basirhat, he added. For this phase, the ECI has decided to deploy the 1,958 QRTs, the official added.

devdiscourse 1 Jun 2024 7:20 am

Court Reserves Decision in Sri Krishna Janmabhoomi and Shahi Idgah Case

Lucknow: Aft er several days of hearings in the Sri Krishna Janmabhoomi and Shahi Idgah case, the court has reserved its decision. Justice Mayank Kumar Jain's bench heard the case, which involved the maintainability of civil suits filed in Mathura. The hearings concluded on Friday, and the Allahabad High Court has now reserved its decision. The Hindu side argued that the Shahi Idgah Mosque is illegally occupying the land belonging to Sri Krishna Janmabhoomi, asserting that the mosque has no legal right to the land, even though prayers have been held there since 1669. They claimed that the temple was first demolished and then the mosque was constructed on the same site. Additionally, they argued that the Waqf Board declared it a Waqf property without owning it, and the ASI described it as Nazul land. Previously, the mosque's representatives argued that the temple side lacks the legal standing to file the suit, suggesting that the debate is being extended unnecessarily. A total of 18 civil suits have been filed, calling for the removal of the Shahi Idgah Mosque, which they deem illegal. The mosque's representatives questioned the validity of these suits. In 2020, lawyer Ranjana Agnihotri and seven others filed a suit in the Mathura Civil Court, which was initially dismissed but later deemed 'hearable' by the district court. Over the next two and a half years, 17 additional petitions were filed. In May 2023, the High Court summoned all 18 petitions for a decision. BREAKING! Bomb Threat on Srinagar-Bound Vistara Flight: Passengers Safe Microsoft, Meta, Intel Announce AI Initiative to Challenge Nvidia Dominance, All You Need To Know New OTT Releases This Week: What to Watch on Movies and Web Series

News Track 31 May 2024 6:10 pm

CM Yogi Adityanath Orders Uninterrupted Power Supply Amid Heatwave

Lucknow: The intense heat wave in North India, especially in Uttar Pradesh, has led Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to issue several guidelines to ensure public safety and well-being. As temperatures soar and break records, the CM emphasized the need for robust rescue and relief measures in both rural and urban areas. To address the power issues exacerbated by the heat, CM Yogi instructed that there should be no unnecessary power cuts across the state. He directed that any problems such as faulty transformers, power tripping, and other electrical faults be resolved promptly. Additionally, he stressed the importance of procuring additional electricity if necessary to meet the increased demand. An awareness campaign will be launched to educate the public about the symptoms and prevention of heat-related illnesses. To combat dehydration and water shortages, the CM ordered that drinking water be made available at various public locations, particularly on roads and in municipal and rural areas. Tankers will supply water to areas experiencing shortages. Special cleanliness measures are to be implemented at religious sites in Ayodhya, Kashi, and Mathura. The Chief Minister also directed the daily issuance of a weather bulletin from the Relief Commissioner's Office and the development of a heat-wave action plan for zoological parks. Livestock care is a priority, with proper arrangements for fodder and water in cowsheds and immediate medical attention for any illnesses. Public awareness initiatives will include tips on staying cool and hydrated and ensuring water and food for birds. The government aims to make immediate medical treatment available for those affected by the heat wave in hospitals and medical colleges, and ensure there are shaded areas and water points in public spaces to offer relief from the scorching heat. BREAKING! Bomb Threat on Srinagar-Bound Vistara Flight: Passengers Safe Microsoft, Meta, Intel Announce AI Initiative to Challenge Nvidia Dominance, All You Need To Know New OTT Releases This Week: What to Watch on Movies and Web Series

News Track 31 May 2024 6:10 pm

Allahabad HC reserves judgment on maintainability of Krishna Janmasthan-Shahi Idgah cases

PRAYAGRAJ: The Allahabad High Court on Friday reserved its judgment on the maintainability of cases related to the Krishna Janmasthan-Shahi Idgah dispute in Mathura. Several cases have been filed seeking the emoval of the Shahi Idgah mosque which stands adjacent to the Krishna temple, with litigants claiming that the Aurangazeb-era mosque was built after the demolition of the temple. The Muslim side, however, argued that the suits are barred under the Places of Worship (Special Provisions) Act, 1991, and some other laws. The Act prohibits the conversion of any place of worship and aims to maintain the religious character of such places as it existed on August 15, 1947. The case is being heard by Justice Mayank Kumar Jain.

The New Indian Express 31 May 2024 2:12 pm

HC reserves judgment on maintainability of Krishna Janmasthan-Shahi Idgah cases

Prayagraj: The Allahabad High Court on Friday reserved its judgment on the maintainability of cases related to the Krishna Janmasthan-Shahi Idgah dispute in Mathura. Several cases have been filed seeking the removal of the Shahi Idgah mosque which stands adjacent to the Krishna temple, with litigants claiming that the Aurangazeb-era mosque was built after the 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 31 May 2024 2:10 pm

High Court Reserves Judgment on Krishna Janmasthan-Shahi Idgah Dispute

High Court Reserves Judgment on Krishna Janmasthan-Shahi Idgah Dispute The Allahabad High Court on Friday reserved its judgment on the maintainability of cases related to the Krishna Janmasthan-Shahi Idgah dispute in Mathura. Several cases have been filed seeking the ''removal'' of the Shahi Idgah mosque which stands adjacent to the Krishna temple, with litigants claiming that the Aurangazeb-era mosque was built after the demolition of the temple. The Muslim side, however, argued that the suits are barred under the Places of Worship (Special Provisions) Act, 1991, and some other laws. The Act prohibits the conversion of any place of worship and aims to maintain the religious character of such places as it existed on August 15, 1947. The case is being heard by Justice Mayank Kumar Jain.

devdiscourse 31 May 2024 2:09 pm

South Bengal Showdown: TMC Faces Crucial Electoral Battle

South Bengal Showdown: TMC Faces Crucial Electoral Battle As south Bengal, a traditional TMC stronghold, heads to the polls on Saturday, the region faces a significant electoral battle testing the party's dominance amid an 'old versus new' power struggle, with the national spotlight on Sandeshkhali in Basirhat due to allegations of atrocities on women and land grabs. The seventh and final phase of the Lok Sabha polls in West Bengal will cover Dum Dum, Barasat, Basirhat, Jayanagar, Mathurapur, Diamond Harbour, Jadavpur, Kolkata Dakshin, and Kolkata Uttar, where the TMC secured victories in the 2019 elections. The results in the nine constituencies will be a key for the TMC's dominance in the region, seeking to maintain its grip amidst challenges from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Left-Congress alliance. A total of 1.63 crore voters - 83.19 lakh men, 80.20 lakh women, and 538 belonging to the third gender - are eligible to exercise their franchise in 17,470 polling stations on June 1. Of the 124 contestants in the seventh phase of polling, Kolkata Dakshin has the highest number of 17 candidates, followed by Jadavpur (16), and 15 each in Basirhat and Kolkata Uttar parliamentary seats. From the Dum Dum Lok Sabha seat, 14 candidates are contesting, while there are 12 nominees each in Barasat, Diamond Harbour, and Mathurapur (SC) seats, and in Jaynagar (SC) there are 11 contestants. Several high-stakes battles are set to unfold in this phase. Notably, TMC heavyweight Abhishek Banerjee, considered the party's de facto number two, is contesting from Diamond Harbour. Banerjee's performance in this seat, which the TMC touts as a 'model constituency', will be closely watched as the opposition attempts to paint it as a 'laboratory of violence'. The two-time MP faces CPI (M)'s Pratikur Rahaman and BJP's Abhijit Das in a three-way contest. The minority-dominated Basirhat Lok Sabha seat, and specifically the Sandeshkhali segment, is a microcosm of the broader electoral battle as it garnered national attention due to allegations of atrocities on women and land grabs by local TMC leaders. The BJP has capitalised on these issues by nominating Rekha Patra, a prominent local protestor, against TMC veteran Haji Nurul Islam. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's personal call to Patra before her campaign has added momentum to her candidacy. The CPI (M) has fielded former MLA Nirapada Sardar, making this a three-cornered contest. In Kolkata North, seasoned parliamentarian and three-term TMC MP Sudip Bandyopadhyay faces a tough challenge from Tapas Roy, a four-time TMC MLA who switched allegiance to the BJP. This contest epitomises the internal struggle within the TMC, with Bandyopadhyay representing the old guard and Roy symbolising the new wave of leaders. The Left-Congress nominee Pradip Bhattacharya is also in the fray. Similarly in the Dum Dum Lok Sabha seat, sharp changes in the electoral landscape as compared to five years ago may bolster incumbent TMC MP Saugata Roy's chances against a tougher BJP challenge. With CPI(M) fielding central committee member Sujan Chakraborty, known in state politics, a triangular contest emerges, potentially benefiting Roy, while BJP's candidate Shilbhadra Dutta, a former Trinamool MLA, further intensifies the competition. In Kolkata Dakshin, TMC veteran Mala Roy is up against BJP's former union minister Debasree Chaudhuri, while the TMC has fielded Saayoni Ghosh, an actor and president of the party's youth wing, in Jadavpur. Ghosh faces stiff competition from CPI(M)'s Srijan Bhattacharya and BJP's Anirban Ganguly. The Jadavpur seat is historically significant for the TMC, as it was from here that a young Mamata Banerjee first made her mark by defeating CPI (M) veteran Somnath Chatterjee in 1984. The south Bengal region has traditionally been a TMC fortress, with the party winning 30 out of 31 seats in South 24 Parganas, 29 out of 33 in North 24 Parganas and all 16 seats in Kolkata in the 2021 assembly elections. The BJP's campaign has focused on issues of corruption, women's safety, and resistance to political muscle-flexing, which they believe resonate strongly in constituencies like Basirhat. The TMC, on the other hand, is banking on its developmental work and the charisma of its leaders to retain its dominance. The Left-Congress combine, armed with veteran candidates such as Sujan Chakraborty and first-timers like Srijan Bhattacharya, aims at breaking the TMC-BJP binary and reclaiming its relevance in Bengal politics. For this phase of polling, the Election Commission has decided to deploy 960 companies of central forces to ensure security and prevent any untoward incidents. The polling is scheduled to start at 7 AM and continue till 6 PM on Saturday.

devdiscourse 31 May 2024 10:10 am

BJP tries to drive home Vivekananda mantra to drum up Bengal support

KOLKATA: With nine constituencies going to the polls in the last phase on June 1, the BJP seems to be appropriating Swami Vivekananda to mobilize voters. The party could not win any of the nine constituencies Dum Dum, Barasat, Basirhat, Joynagar, Mathurapur, Diamond Harbour, Jadavpur, Kolkata South and Kolkata North in the last elections in 2019. Before his roadshow in Kolkata on Tuesday, PM Narendra Modi had gone to pay a visit to the ancestral house of Swami Vivekananda at Shimla Street in North Kolkata. He also went to visit the house of Ma Sarada at Bagbazar, also in North Kolkata. The PM will begin his 48-hour meditation at Dhyan Mandapam in Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu, the same spot where Swami Vivekananda had meditated in 1892. The Rock Memorial monument was built to pay tribute to the philosopher-saint. PM Modis move has drawn criticism from Opposition, especially the Trinamool Congress. On the last day of the campaign on Thursday, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee mocked PM Modi and claimed, Anyone can go and meditate. Does anyone take a camera while meditating? Senior BJP leaders refused to pay heed to Mamatas criticism, saying Prime Minister Modi is an ardent follower of Swami Vivekananda. They said that the TMC was desperately trying to tarnish the image of Modi because the party is facing imminent defeat in the polls.

The New Indian Express 31 May 2024 9:26 am

Ghoramara's Fight for Survival: Climate Change and the Sinking Island

Ghoramara's Fight for Survival: Climate Change and the Sinking Island As voters across India cast their ballots in the general election on issues ranging from the cost of living to jobs and religion, the residents of a tiny, ecologically sensitive island have only one concern - survival. The residents of Ghoramara in the Sundarbans delta on the Bay of Bengal are fighting to save their homes from disappearing into the sea in the face of rising sea levels and increasingly fierce storms, putting climate change front and centre for politicians trying to win their vote. Home to more than 4.5 million people, the Sundarbans is the largest mangrove forest in the world and regarded as a climate-change hotspot as the planet gets warmer. The region is shared by India and Bangladesh. For us, the protection of the island is the main issue in this election, said Bimal Patra, 60, one of just over 3,700 registered voters in Ghoramara, an island in the delta. India is holding a massive general election over seven weeks. The people of Ghoramara go to the polls on Saturday, the final day of voting, as part of the Mathurapur constituency. The plight of the island's inhabitants highlights the broader concerns about the impact of climate change on the environment and the urgency for solutions. Situated 150 kilometres (94 miles) south of Kolkata, media has dubbed Ghoramara the 'sinking island'. It has lost nearly half of its area to soil erosion in the last two decades and could completely disappear within a few decades if a solution is not found. In the decade to 2020, the population has fallen to around 4,000 from 7,000. We want the banks reinforced with stone boulders or rehabilitation in other places. Probably rehabilitation is the only answer, said Patra, who once had acres of land that have now been lost to the sea. Patra said his house was once a kilometre from the river's edge but now stands just 150 metres away. WAY OF LIFE Researchers say as climate change has forced a rise in sea surface temperatures, seasonal, cyclonic storms barrelling in from the Bay of Bengal have become more fierce and frequent, particularly in the last decade. The island's inhabitants were once predominantly dependent on agriculture, with most families farming rice and betel leaves. But cyclones in 2020 and 2021 flooded the fields with water high in saline, leaving the soil barren. As people have migrated away from the island, especially youths, transport links with the mainland have fallen to just five ferries a day. Patra lives alone. His wife works as a nursemaid in Kolkata, his two daughters, who are married, and his teacher son live on the mainland. It's encouraging to see people in this rural area prioritising this issue (environment). It's unfortunate that no one is listening to them, said Sugata Hazra, the former head of the school of oceanographic studies at Jadavpur University in Kolkata. Cities across India are already facing drinking water scarcity. They (urban dwellers) should be more conscious of (the) environment and make it a primary issue alongside the economy and jobs. Some Ghoramara residents have planted mangrove saplings to try to reduce waterfront erosion, while the local administration displays notices across the island banning single-use plastic and polystyrene. A solid waste management system has been put in place. Candidates from both Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Trinamool Congress party (TMC), which won the 2019 polls for Mathurapur, visited the island recently. I am aware of their main issue, which is erosion, said BJP candidate Ashok Purkait, promising to find a permanent fix. The TMC-run state government recently announced a project, supported by the World Bank, to strengthen the embankments of the islands in Sundarbans. Our priority is rehabilitation. People cannot survive an entire lifetime fighting natural disasters, said Bankim Hazra, the state's minister for the Sundarbans. Many villagers are sceptical the promises will turn into action, but Patra hopes for the best. Elections may not be a celebration for us, but it still brings hope and everyone here actively participates in the voting process, he said. (For a picture essay, please click here https://reut.rs/4c17gUV) (Writing by Sudipto Ganguly; editing by Neil Fullick)

devdiscourse 30 May 2024 3:33 pm

Food Poisoning Incidents in Assam: One Woman Dead, Dozens Hospitalized

In a tragic incident of food poisoning, a woman named Lakshmimani Orang from Mathurapur in the Sivasagar district of Assam has died. Lakshmimani fell critically ill after consuming poisonous mushrooms and passed away while undergoing treatment.

thehillstimes 30 May 2024 10:52 am

3 Bihar girls on 'spiritual quest' found dead in UP

Three teenage girls found dead near Bajna Bridge in Mathura identified by families from Muzaffarpur, Bihar. Police investigating the case of Gauri, Mohini, and Maya Kumari, who left a note before disappearing.

The Times of India 30 May 2024 1:55 am

Didi: Never Saw Such a Liar PM Like Modi

Kolkata: Claiming to have never found such a liar PM like Narendra Modi, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday threatened to complain to the Election Commission for Model Code of Conduct violation if his meditation is broadcast. The Trinamul Congress supremo also hit back at the PM for levelling charges from his rally at Mathurapur in South 24 Parganas in the morning against her party for misuse of the central funds he had released to stop river erosion in the state. She alleged at Baruipur in South 24 Parganas, I have seen many PMs. But I feel sad to make bad comments about someone. I haven't seen such a liar PM anywhere. Yesterday, he talked about restricting the cyclone. He stays at a palace in Delhi from where he did it, imagine! Ms Banerjee added, While we stayed awake the whole night and supervised evacuation of 46 lakh people and relief work, he didn't even enquire. Mocking Mr Modi's mediation plan, she later pointed out, He better go to meditate but it should not be televised. Does anyone meditate with a camera on him? We will complain against its broadcast for the MCC violation. At the end of every major election, he sneaks somewhere 48 hours before the last phase and shows people that he performs meditation, the TMC chief wondered. Taking a swipe at the PM, she then sarcastically remarked, He has become a greater god than the god! If that is true then people ought to meditate on him. He does not need to perform it. Ms Banerjee later attacked Mr Modi on the misuse of the central funds. He accused us of misappropriation of central funds to stop river erosion. In reality he did not send anything. It is us who utilised our funds to stop the problem, she argued. The CM held a roadshow from Shyambazar five-point crossing to the ancestral residence of Swami Vivekananda a day after Mr Modi made a similar public outreach exercise in the same route.

Deccan Chronicle 30 May 2024 12:36 am

TMC giving away rights of 'original' OBCs to Muslims by Issuing False Caste Certificates: Modi

Kakdwip: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday alleged that the Trinamool Congress government in West Bengal was giving away the rights of original OBCs to Muslims by issuing false caste certificates. Addressing an election rally at Kakdwip in Mathurapur Lok Sabha seat, he accused the TMC of not allowing the implementation of development schemes in West Bengal with its mantra eta hotey debona (will not let it happen). To appease a section, the TMC government is openly attacking the Constitution, which has given reservations to Dalits and backward castes. But an open loot of reservations happened in West Bengal... false OBC certificates were issued to Muslims, he alleged. The Calcutta High Court has cancelled these false certificates but the TMC cannot accept this verdict. They are misguiding the Muslims, he added. Modi attacked the TMC, accusing it of preventing the implementation of central schemes for fishermen, and other initiatives such as Ujjwala Yojana and Ayushman Bharat. He said Matua community members will get Indian citizenship with aan, baan aur shaan (respect that's due to them). Modi accused the TMC government of compromising national security by allowing unchecked infiltration into West Bengal from across its borders. TMC and INDIA bloc are pushing West Bengal to the direction opposite to development. Trinamool Congress even takes cut money from PM Awas and mid-day meal projects, he alleged. He charged TMC goons of attacking Bharat Sevashram and Ramakrishna Mission establishments in the state. To enforce 'Viksit Bharat', we need a 'Viksit Bengal', he added.

Deccan Chronicle 29 May 2024 5:24 pm

TMC giving away rights of original OBCs to Muslims by issuing false caste certificates: Modi

KAKDWIP (WB), May 29: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday alleged that the Trinamool Congress government in West Bengal was giving away the rights of original OBCs to Muslims by issuing false caste certificates. Addressing an election rally at Kakdwip in Mathurapur Lok Sabha seat, he accused the TMC of not allowing the implementation of development schemes in West Bengal with its mantra eta hotey debona (will not let it happen). To appease a section, the TMC government is openly [] The post TMC giving away rights of original OBCs to Muslims by issuing false caste certificates: Modi appeared first on Daily Excelsior .

Daily Excelsior 29 May 2024 1:08 pm

Modi Slams TMC over OBC Rights and Developmental Stalemates in Bengal

Modi Slams TMC over OBC Rights and Developmental Stalemates in Bengal Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday alleged that the Trinamool Congress government in West Bengal was giving away the rights of ''original'' OBCs to Muslims by issuing ''false caste certificates''. Addressing an election rally at Kakdwip in Mathurapur Lok Sabha seat, he accused the TMC of not allowing the implementation of development schemes in West Bengal with its mantra ''eta hotey debona'' (will not let it happen). ''To appease a section, the TMC government is openly attacking the Constitution, which has given reservations to Dalits and backward castes. But an open loot of reservations happened in West Bengal... false OBC certificates were issued to Muslims,'' he alleged. ''The Calcutta High Court has cancelled these false certificates but the TMC cannot accept this verdict. They are misguiding the Muslims,'' he added. Modi attacked the TMC, accusing it of preventing the implementation of central schemes for fishermen, and other initiatives such as Ujjwala Yojana and Ayushman Bharat. He said Matua community members will get Indian citizenship with ''aan, baan aur shaan'' (respect that's due to them). Modi accused the TMC government of compromising national security by allowing unchecked infiltration into West Bengal from across its borders. ''TMC and INDIA bloc are pushing West Bengal to the direction opposite to development. Trinamool Congress even takes cut money from PM Awas and mid-day meal projects,'' he alleged. He charged ''TMC goons'' of attacking Bharat Sevashram and Ramakrishna Mission establishments in the state. ''To enforce 'Viksit Bharat', we need a 'Viksit Bengal','' he added.

devdiscourse 29 May 2024 12:28 pm

Congress, left parties will come to power in West Bengal by 2026: Congress leader Pradip Bhattacharya

Congress, left parties will come to power in West Bengal by 2026: Congress leader Pradip Bhattacharya Congress Candidate from Kolkata North Lok Sabha Seat, Pradip Bhattacharya on Tuesday claimed that the Congress and left parties will come to power in Bengal by 2026. I will start a movement from North Kolkata... This government in Bengal has done corruption in all ways and it is deep-rooted now... On one hand, my fight is with the BJP and on the other hand, it is with TMC. We have made an alliance with the left parties. Congress party and left parties are fighting together in the whole of Bengal... By 2026, the Congress and the left parties will come to power in Bengal, he told ANI. He also claimed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's roadshow in North Kolkata will have no effect in the upcoming polls. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday held an impromptu roadshow in West Bengal's Barasat, where he also addressed a public meeting. PM Modi will also hold a mega roadshow in Kolkata on May 29. Congress Candidate from Kolkata North Lok Sabha Seat, Pradip Bhattacharya, also claimed that BJP will not get more than 10 seats in the West Bengal Lok Sabha election. This time BJP's (performance) will be very bad in Bengal... (BJP's organisation (ground level) is very weak, what (BJP) says that they will will get 30 seats... that is wrong. (BJP) once got 18 seats, that's it, next time they (BJP) will not get more than 10 seats, he said. Pradip Bhattacharya also claimed that the PM Modi-led BJP government uses the ED and CBI for politically motivated reasons. However, he termed the central agencies inquiry in West Bengal as correct. He (referring to PM Modi) uses ED CBI, but the ED and CBI inquiry in Bengal is for the right reason. What I have seen in India is that the politically motivated BJP government uses ED and CBI, he said. He also said that when the result of the 2024 Lok Sabha election comes, the BJP will not be in power as the country's people will remove the BJP from power. June 4, when the results are out, you (BJP) will not be in power, the country's people will remove you (BJP) from power, he said. Responding to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee not attending INDIA bloc meeting on June 1, he said, I think just to give concession to Modiji, she wanted to show him that I am not going to INDIA, this is a matter of setting, it is a matter of setting of Mamata-Modi, he said. Announcing she would skip the INDIA bloc meeting scheduled to be held on June 1, Trinamool Congress Chairperson and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee stressed that providing relief to the people of the state after the cyclone Remal is her foremost priority along with the seventh phase of Lok Sabha elections. Congress' Pradip Bhattacharya will fight for the Kolkata North Lok Sabha Seat against BJP Dr Tapas Roy and TMC's Sudip Bandopadhyay. Polling in Kolkata North, along with Basirhat, Barasat, Diamond Harbour, Dum Dum, Jaynagar, Jadavpur, Kolkata South and Mathurapur, will be held in the seventh and final phase of the Lok Sabha election on June 1 in West Bengal. The vote counting will take place on June 4. (ANI)

devdiscourse 28 May 2024 11:29 pm

Yogi Adityanath Criticizes Congress for Promoting 'Taliban Rule'

Yogi Adityanath Criticizes Congress for Promoting 'Taliban Rule' Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday lashed out at the Congress for promising freedom of personal laws in its poll manifesto and claimed that it was tantamount to supporting Taliban rule in the country. The firebrand BJP leader made the remark at Fatuha, on the outskirts of the capital of Bihar, where he addressed an election rally in support of Patna Sahib MP Ravi Shankar Prasad. The Congress and the INDIA bloc speak of personal law. They want to undo what Ravi Shankar Prasad had achieved (as the then Union law minister) by scrapping triple talaq, alleged Yogi. He claimed that the opposition alliance wanted to promote Talibani shasan in which women will not have the freedom to go to schools, colleges and offices and will be forced to always wear the burqa. The UP chief minister, who is also the pontiff of Gorakshdham shrine at Gorakhpur, also said that after the construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya, ram-bhakts (BJP) are resolved to build a grand temple of Lord Krishna in Mathura. This is something the Congress and its Bihar ally RJD can never accomplish because they need votes (of Muslims). He added that the opposition alliance was allegedly in favour of taking away reservations meant for Dalits and OBCs and giving the facility to Muslims, but the country will run as per the Constitution of Babasaheb Ambedkar, which does not provide for quotas on the basis of religion. He also referred to the recent Calcutta High Court judgement striking down OBC status granted to a number of Muslim sub-groups by the West Bengal government of Mamata Banerjee whose Trinamool Congress was an INDIA ally. In an obvious bid to underscore that the BJP cared for all the deprived castes, Yogi said, We have honoured Ramayana figures like Nishadraj and Shabri in Uttar Pradesh by naming guest houses and canteens, respectively, after them. The BJP leader, whose tough stance on law and order has earned him the epithet bulldozer baba, claimed that ever since he assumed power in 2017, goons have been begging for mercy, promising to give up their old ways and take up other businesses. Those who refuse to reform themselves are bumped off (Ram nam satya). Land grabbers property gets bulldozed. He also credited Prime Minister Narendra Modi with wiping out terrorism, claiming now even if a firecracker goes off anywhere in the country, a scared Pakistan comes out with an explanation. It has realised that this is 'Naya Bharat' which will not be an aggressor but will not spare if there is any mischief. Compare the scenario with the past, which I have witnessed as an MP. The Congress governments used to indulge in a scam in the morning and by the evening there used to be a terrorist attack. The regime used to just shrug off all such incidents saying terrorists had come from across the border and hence nothing could be done, alleged Yogi. He also charged the opposition with being obsessed with the neighbouring country and said, They should all go to Pakistan which does not have enough food for its population. In contrast, the Modi government is providing free ration to 80 crore people. The number of people who have been brought out of the clutches of poverty in India is greater than the population of Pakistan.'' Yogi is scheduled to address another election rally in Arrah, where Union minister RK Singh is aiming at a hat-trick, before returning to the capital city in the evening for another public meeting.

devdiscourse 28 May 2024 6:08 pm

Row Erupts As Wahid Qureshi Unilaterally Renamed Punjabi Market As Islamia Bazar In Mathura; Locals Denounce

Controversy erupted in the Punjabi Market of Kosikalan, Mathura, after Wahid Qureshi, a local shopkeeper, attempted to rename the entire market as Islamic Bazar. The situation intensified when Quresi distributed shopping bags bearing the new name, leading to widespread anger among traders and residents. Wahid Qureshi, who runs a readymade garment shop named Trade Never Continue reading Row Erupts As Wahid Qureshi Unilaterally Renamed Punjabi Market As Islamia Bazar In Mathura; Locals Denounce The post Row Erupts As Wahid Qureshi Unilaterally Renamed Punjabi Market As Islamia Bazar In Mathura; Locals Denounce appeared first on OurVoice | WeRIndia - Analysis & Opinion .

Our Voice WeRIndia 28 May 2024 11:26 am

48 polling stations in Bengal damaged by Cyclone Remal: Official

Kolkata, May 27 (PTI) In all, 48 polling stations, mostly located in North and South 24 Parganas districts of West Bengal, were damaged due to the impact of Cyclone Remal, a senior poll official said on Monday. The disaster also adversely affected preparations for the upcoming seventh and final phase of polling scheduled on June 1, he added. Most of these polling stations have been badly hit by the cyclone. They are submerged in water or have sustained other types of damage, the official told PTI. Polling for the nine Lok Sabha seats Dum Dum, Barasat, Basirhat, Jaynagar, Mathurapur, Diamond Harbour, Jadavpur, Kolkata Dakshin, and Kolkata Uttar is scheduled on Saturday. Among these, several assembly constituencies under Diamond Harbour and Basirhat seats were hit by the cyclonic storm. Chief electoral officer Ariz Aftab held a telephonic meeting with the district magistrates of the affected districts, including those where polling is scheduled for Saturday, to assess the extent of the damage caused by the cyclone. 12 killed as Cyclone Remal batters Bangladesh, parts of Bengal; heavy rains to continue The CEO sought a detailed report from them and directed them to expedite pumping out rainwater and make the polling stations fit to host polling on June 1. He has also directed them to conduct repair works on a wartime basis, the official said. The Election Commission also directed its officials in the district to look into the condition of strongrooms in all districts, he said. Election officers in these districts have been directed to inspect the safety and security arrangements of the strongrooms, he added.

The New Indian Express 27 May 2024 9:41 pm

48 polling stations in West Bengal damaged by Cyclone Remal: Official

Polling for the nine Lok Sabha seats - Dum Dum, Barasat, Basirhat, Jaynagar, Mathurapur, Diamond Harbour, Jadavpur, Kolkata Dakshin, and Kolkata Uttar - is scheduled on Saturday. Among these, several assembly constituencies under Diamond Harbour and Basirhat seats were hit by the cyclonic storm.

The Economic Times 27 May 2024 9:39 pm

UP: Shopkeeper Wahid Qureshi renames Punjabi Market to Islamic Market in Mathura, arrested

Subsequently, a team led by post-in-charge Mohit Rana raided the accused Wahids shop and seized 25 kg carry bags with Islamic Market printed on them and closed the shop.

OpIndia 27 May 2024 12:19 pm

Delhi traffic advisory issued for today: Check restrictions, routes to avoid here

No vehicle will be allowed to halt or park anywhere on Mathura Road and Bhairon Marg, police said.

DNA India 27 May 2024 6:12 am

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

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

devdiscourse 24 May 2024 9:26 pm

Provisions of suit by or against minor to apply in Krishna temple case: HC

Prayagraj: The Hindu side on Friday submitted before the Allahabad High Court that the provisions which deal with procedures regarding a suit by or against a minor will apply in the Krishna Janmabhoomi-Shahi Idgah dispute in Mathura as the deity is a perpetual minor. It also submitted that the present suits have been filed by 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 24 May 2024 9:19 pm

Didi: Move to Higher Court After Summer Vacation to Challenge OBC Cancellation

Kolkata : West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee declared on Friday that her government would move a higher court after the summer vacation to challenge the Calcutta High Court order that recently cancelled all the Other Backward Classes (OBC) certificates issued in the state after 2010. Though she did not take the name of the court, political observers feel it is the Supreme Court. The Trinamul Congress supremo, who was addressing a Lok Sabha Election campaign rally at Sagar in South 24 Parganas, also asserted that the OBC reservation would meanwhile continue like other categories. There is no reason to feel scared. I will not allow the OBC reservation to be cancelled. It will continue as it was. Tapashili, Adivasi and general people's categories will also go on. We also have a scheme for the Economic Backward Classes which shall continue too, she said. The CM added, Now summer vacation is underway. As soon as it ends, we will move to a higher court, before alleging, I respect courts but a few judges are only abiding by the diktat of the BJP and the CPI(M). On May 22, a division bench of the HC ordered the cancellation of nearly five lakh OBC certificates issued by the TMC government. Ms Banerjee further took potshots at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for calling himself a son of God during an interview to a national TV channel. She wondered at another party rally in Mathurapur of the district, He is now calling himself the son of God. He claims that, unlike us, he doesnt have biological parents. He says he has been sent by God. Ms Banerjee sarcastically asked, I however ask, does God send someone to orchestrate riots or spread lies through advertisements or jail people in the name of NRC exercise? Has God sent his emissary to sponsor hooliganism in the name of the CAA or stop funds for 100-day work or prevent rural houses from being built? Does God go back on his promise of depositing Rs 15 lakhs in peoples bank accounts? God can not do such things.

Deccan Chronicle 24 May 2024 8:51 pm

West Bengal CM Mamata hits out at PM Modi for his 'sent by God' comment

KOLKATA: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his 'sent by God' comment, albeit without naming the country's top leader. Speaking at an election rally in Mathurapur in the Sunderbans area of South 24 Parganas district, she claimed that faced with the phobia of a certain election defeat, BJP leaders were saying all kinds of things that made no sense. Dripping with sarcasm, Banerjee, in an oblique reference to PM Modi, said, He is now calling himself the son of God. He claims that, unlike us, he doesn't have biological parents. He says he has been sent by God. I ask, does God send someone to orchestrate riots or spread lies through advertisements or jail people in the name of NRC exercise? Does God send his emissary to sponsor hooliganism in the name of CAA or stop funds for 100-day work or prevent rural houses from being built? Does God go back on his promise of depositing Rs 15 lakhs in people's bank accounts? God cannot do such things, she added. The chief minister's remark came in the backdrop of PM Modi's interview to a national TV channel where he reportedly said, Until my mother was alive, I used to think I was born biologically. After her demise, when I look at my experiences, I am convinced that I was sent by God. This strength is not from my body. It has been given to me by God. That's why God also gave me the ability, strength, pure-heartedness, and inspiration to do this. I'm nothing but an instrument that God has sent. Banerjee further ridiculed Modi for BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra's controversial remark about Lord Jagannath being a devotee of the prime minister, which Patra had later retracted. If Lord Jagannath is a devotee of Modi babu as claimed by his workers, then shouldn't we build a temple in his name, offer pujas and prasad before his photo and engage a priest for him? We can do all that, but he shouldn't play politics by saying such things, Banerjee said.

The New Indian Express 24 May 2024 4:02 pm

Stage Set for Voting in 4 LS seats in Jharkhand on Saturday, 93 Candidates in Fray

Ranchi: The stage is set for voting in Jharkhand's four Lok Sabha constituencies 'Giridih, Dhanbad, Ranchi and Jamshedpur' on Saturday amidst heavy security deployment in all polling booths, an election official said on Friday. The sixth phase of Lok Sabha elections, which marks the third round of polls in the state, will see a total of 93 candidates contesting, with 16 from Giridih, 25 from Dhanbad, 27 from Ranchi, and 25 from Jamshedpur seat. Around 82.16 lakh voters, including 40.09 lakh female voters, are eligible to exercise their franchise in these constituencies, an election official said. Of the total voters, 2.5 lakh are first-time voters in the age group of 18-19, while 290 are third gender. Interestingly, altogether 766 electors are above 100 years of age in the phase. Deputy Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Neha Arora said that all preparations to conduct the polls have been completed. In a bid to create voting awareness and increase polling percentage in urban areas, urban local bodies, resident welfare associations and voters awareness forums have been contacted so that no voter is left behind, she said. She said that 35,852 polling personnel are being deployed in the phase. The polling parties are being dispatched on Friday for their respective locations, she said. Adequate security arrangements have been ensured at every booth, she added. Voting will start at 7 am and it will conclude at 5 pm on Saturday, Arora said. Altogether 8,963 polling stations have been set up across four parliamentary constituencies and the webcasting facility will be available in all polling stations, another election official said. Of the total polling stations, 175 stations will be managed by women, 14 by persons with disabilities (PwD), 32 by youth and 24 will be unique booths. Direct contest is likely in all four Lok Sabha seats between the JMM-led ruling alliance and the BJP-led opposition in Jharkhand. In the Ranchi Lok Sabha seat, Congress's Yashaswini Sahay, daughter of former Union Minister Subodh Kant Sahay, is contesting against the BJP's sitting MP Sanjay Seth in a straight fight. Dhanbad heads for a direct fight between BJP's Baghmara MLA Dulu Mahato and Congress' Anupama Singh, wife of the party's Bermo legislator Kumar Jaimangal. A direct fight is also likely in Jamshedpur between BJP's sitting MP Bidyut Baran Mahato and JMM's Baharagora MLA Samir Mohanty. In Giridih, AJSU Party's Chandra Prakash Chaudhary locked horns with JMM's Tundi MLA Mathura Mahato. In the contest, a student union leader Jairam Mahato has added a twist by challenging candidates of INDIA bloc and NDA. Altogether 28 candidates have declared criminal cases against them in their affidavits while filing nomination papers. The top leaders of both NDA and INDIA bloc have put their all efforts to galvanise people's support in favour of them. On May 19, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a rally in Jamshedpur seeking votes for its party candidate Bidyut Baran Mahato, while Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra addressed two rallies in Godda and Ranchi on Wednesday for party candidates. Union Minister Rajnath Singh, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Vishnu Deo Sai and former Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan campaigned for the BJP candidates, while Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Jharkhand Chief Minister Champai Soren and Kalpana Soren, wife of jailed former Chief Minister Hemant Soren, campaigned for the INDIA bloc candidates.

Deccan Chronicle 24 May 2024 1:19 pm