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Nagaland: Power outages likely as theft cripples Likimro Hydroelectric Project

Guwahati:Parts of Nagaland may face power disruptions following the collapse of a transmission tower near Kiphire district. According to the Power Department, the incident occurred at the 66kV Kiphire-Likimro Transmission Line, a crucial link for the Likimro Hydroelectric Project (HEP). Also Read: Assam: Bus hits police constable in Sivasagar, driver flees The collapse reportedly took [] The post Nagaland: Power outages likely as theft cripples Likimro Hydroelectric Project appeared first on NORTHEAST NOW .

NorthEast Now 21 Apr 2024 6:31 pm

Indefinite shutdown lifted in Eastern Nagaland amidst mass abstention after Lok Sabha polls

Guwahati: The indefinite total shutdown across six districts of Eastern Nagaland has been lifted. The decision to lift the shutdown, imposed by the Eastern Nagaland Public Emergency Control Room on April 18, was announced in a statement released by the outfit. The Eastern Nagaland Peoples Organisation (ENPO), tribal bodies, Eastern Nagaland Womens Organisation (ENWO), and [] The post Indefinite shutdown lifted in Eastern Nagaland amidst mass abstention after Lok Sabha polls appeared first on NORTHEAST NOW .

NorthEast Now 21 Apr 2024 9:35 am

Stuck between two Indias

On the day of polling, a young supporter of the Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK), in a village falling under Chidambaram constituency, was seen convincing his grandmother to press the Lotus symbol and her instant response, or rather a question, was, Why not Two Leaves or Mango? The youth explained that it is Lotus in place of Mango this time. Walls of nondescript villages in Chidambaram are mostly filled with symbols of political parties, among which the Lotus symbol painted in an unusual blue, yellow and red the colours of the PMK flag stands out. The last-minute decision of the PMK, the party that commands significant support among Vanniyars, a Most Backward Caste, to get into the NDA alliance, had baffled many. Though a quick look may draw a picture that the party founded by S Ramadoss could politically benefit from the alliance, there are many possible fallouts of PMKs choice. First, it would help the DMK alliance in the Vanniyar-populated constituencies in the northern Tamil Nadu to get an edge over its main political rival the AIADMK. Second, it paved the way for the BJP to gain entry into the Vanniyar dominant villages. Ironically, both are not expected to favour the PMK. Meanwhile, the BJP has clearly made inroads into other caste dominated belts, popularising its symbol, flag, and other identities. In the western region, many Gounders, predominantly youngsters, started seeing the BJP as their party after K Annamalai, a member of their community, was made the partys state president. Similarly, the BJP has endeared itself to the Mukkulathors and Nadars in the south by fielding candidates such as former chief minister O Panneerselvam, AMMK chief TTV Dhinakaran, and former governor Tamilisai Soundararajan in this election. A native of Cuddalore district, Durai Chandrasekaran, general secretary of Dravidar Kazhagam, said, Although BJP may not win a seat this time, its identity politics and assertive communal slogans have reached even remote villages. PMK thought it can gain by aligning with the BJP but its the saffron party that has profited the most through the alliance. PMKs latest chosen path has potential for self-harm and only that. Chandrasekaran added it was through the partys earlier association with the BJP that several Hindu outfits popped up in many villages in the state, especially in Villupuram district. PMKs alliance with the BJP will lead to the growth of the latter in the northern districts, he said. However, BJPs plan to win over the Dalits, mainly in the northern part of the state, has not taken off. Tada Periyasamy, a popular Dalit activist who was lured into the party and given the post of state SC wing president, left in a huff just before the election. Also, the growing popularity of the Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK), under the leadership of Thol Thirumavalavan, has resisted the saffron party from penetrating into the Dalit settlements. Just as it did in the past elections, or maybe way more than the past, BJP did everything to get at least one additional vote from the Tamils. The camaraderie of MK Stalin and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi was on display during the latters recent visit to TN The partys attempt to position itself as the protector of the Tamil sentiment by invoking the Katchatheevu issue, endorsing the states culture with Prime Minister Nadrendra Modi appearing in Tamil costume of dhoti and speaking in Tamil were among their many moves. Additionally, Modi and other BJP leaders tried to present the ruling DMK as a threat to Tamil values. However, it is not their maiden effort. When the state unit of the party was under the leadership of La Ganesan, the present governor of Nagaland, several such attempts had been made 25 years ago. The late social scientist MSS Pandian even wrote a detailed article on it titled Tamil-Friendly Hindutva in the Economic and Political Weekly. But, when Annamalai said he was totally against NEET exemption, the party proved that it failed to understand the nature of Tamil identity politics. This is when every other political party in the state, including the PMK, had taken a firm stand against the NEET. The previous AIADMK government gave reservation for government school students in medical admissions after acknowledging that NEET was a major obstacle for them. Janaki Raja, a Tamil professor, said, The Tamil identity advocated by the Dravidian majors has several layers. It includes social justice, secularism, equality, education-for-all, and empowerment. It is connected to modernity. On the other hand, the BJPs Tamil identity is associated with Hindutva. These two Tamil ideologies are poles apart and the people of this land know it well. Icing on the cake are the campaign speeches of BJP leaders which went against what the regional parties stand for. While the DMK continuously emphasised federal, secular, and plural India, BJP leaders spoke of strong centralised India. These were always palpable from the speeches of DMK leader and Chief Minister MK Stalin and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in their campaign meetings. What caught much attention this time was AIAD MK general secretary and former chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswamis speech delivered a couple of days before the polling. The leader, who had remained tight lipped about his ex-alliance partner, came down heavily on the party. In a street-corner campaign in Tiruchy, minister Anbil Mahesh Poyyamozhi, pointing to three nearby shops, said, While one shop has a Muslim name, the other two have Hindu and Christian names. We all live here happily as brothers, all thanks to him, and pointed to a statue of CN Annadurai. In contrast, BJP national president JP Nadda, while campaigning for IJK leader TR Paarivendhar at Musiri in Perambalur constituency, exhorted the gathering to shout Jai Shri Ram. Also, this may be the first time in the state that the Jai Shri Ram slogan was raised during election campaigns. The fierce cadre of BJP were seen shouting the slogan all along the stretches during roadshows held by their national leaders. A Thiruneelakandan, a social researcher, said, I have seen crowds gathered to see Indira Gandhi and MGR, during my college days. Later, Kalaignar Karunanidhi and Jayalalithaa had that charisma. Though their events were not roadshows, people would gather all along the route to get a glimpse of them. Security arrangements would be made to control the crowd. Those were natural. They gathered not for money or biryani. But the BJP leaders roadshows are organised spectacles. Another important phenomenon during this election that has gone unreported was the fervent use of social media to spread ideas. Political parties used a legion of social media influencers, especially popular YouTubers, to speak for them. BJP scored top in terms of leveraging the social media platforms in the campaign. These efforts mainly targeted young voters. For instance, Madan Gowris podcast episode with Annamalai has reached two million views, as of Saturday evening. Surprisingly, even some of the apolitical Instagram content creators posted political reels this time. In fact, PMK leader Anbumani Ramadoss convened an influencers meeting in Chennai, ahead of the campaign. Some famous food video bloggers and film reviewers also uploaded videos, explicitly showing their political leaning. Sources said some of these influencers and YouTubers created content for money from parties and the rest did it out of their own political interests. Sources added that these content creators role in the upcoming elections, especially in 2026 assembly polls, will be enormous. A Tamil podcaster popularly known by the name Hashirama Senju of Schumy Vanna Kaviyangal Podcast said, In the days running up to the elections, social media platforms were brimming with so much political content. So many apolitical content creators too joined the game. He shared that both the DMK and BJP have a strong social media presence. AIADMK is relatively weak in this field with just a few influencers support, he added. Though the pulse of people could be ascertained from the campaigns itself, the result of all these experiments could be a big surprise too. The state is waiting, patiently.

The New Indian Express 21 Apr 2024 8:26 am

Nagaland CM and Dy CM rally behind NPF candidate in Manipur Lok Sabha poll campaign

Imphal: Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio and Deputy Chief Minister Taditui Rangkau Zeliang, leaders of the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP), a coalition partner of the BJP and the regional Naga Peoples Front, participated in Lok Sabha election campaigns in Manipur on Saturday. The two NDPP leaders addressed the campaign event at Maram Bazaar in [] The post Nagaland CM and Dy CM rally behind NPF candidate in Manipur Lok Sabha poll campaign appeared first on NORTHEAST NOW .

NorthEast Now 21 Apr 2024 7:00 am

Oil tanker drivers in Manipur announce indefinite strike Nagaland Post

Oil tanker drivers in Manipur announce indefinite strikeNagaland Post

Manipur 21 Apr 2024 1:55 am

Nagaland: Day after abstaining from voting, Naga bodies lift indefinite shutdown call

Kohima, April 20: A day after abstaining from voting in the Lok Sabha elections in six districts of Eastern Nagaland, the Eastern Nagaland Peoples Organisation (ENPO) and its associate body on Saturday lifted the indefinite total shutdown call given across the six districts. ENPO, the apex body of seven tribes from the six districts, and [] The post Nagaland: Day after abstaining from voting, Naga bodies lift indefinite shutdown call appeared first on The Shillong Times .

The Shillong Times 20 Apr 2024 7:31 pm

The Eastern Nagaland Peoples Organization Reponds To CEO Nagalands Show-Cause Notice

The Eastern Nagaland Peoples Organization, ENPO, has said that the main goal of its public notice issued on 18th April was to reduce the possibility of disturbances in the Eastern Nagaland region and the risk linked with gatherings of anti-social elements. Responding to the show-cause notice issued by Chief Electoral Officer, CEO Nagaland Vyasan R,... The post The Eastern Nagaland Peoples Organization Reponds To CEO Nagalands Show-Cause Notice appeared first on Northeast Today .

North East Today 20 Apr 2024 2:56 pm

Nagaland organisation lifts shutdown after responding to poll panels notice

The ENPO said that its public notice announcing the shutdown was to mitigate potential disturbances by anti-social elements

The Hindu 20 Apr 2024 11:41 am

Nagaland State Lottery Result 20.04.2024 : Check todays result here

Here are the latest results for the Nagaland State Lottery Result 20.04.2024 The Nagaland State Lottery draw results are announced three times a day, at 1:00 PM, 6:00 PM, and 8:00 PM. The results are available on the Nagaland State Lotteries website and YouTube channel. In Nagaland the Nagaland State Lottery is a popular lottery [] The post Nagaland State Lottery Result 20.04.2024 : Check todays result here appeared first on NORTHEAST NOW .

NorthEast Now 20 Apr 2024 10:56 am

ENPO responds to Nagaland CEOs undue influence show-cause notice

KOHIMA: The Eastern Nagaland Peoples Organisation (ENPO) has responded to the show-cause notice issued by the office of the Nagaland chief electoral officer (CEO). The notice issued by the Nagaland CEO sought justification from ENPO as to why action should not be taken against the organisation under sub-section (1) of section 171C of the Indian [] The post ENPO responds to Nagaland CEOs undue influence show-cause notice appeared first on NORTHEAST NOW .

NorthEast Now 20 Apr 2024 9:51 am

Lok Sabha elections 2024: Eastern Nagaland records nil voting percentage

KOHIMA: Responding to the Eastern Nagaland Peoples Organizations (ENPO) call to abstain from participating in the Lok Sabha elections, polling stations in the six districts of Eastern Nagaland remained deserted on Friday (April 19) as citizens adhered to the call, resulting in a record nil voting percentage. However, besides the display of absenteeism, no untoward [] The post Lok Sabha elections 2024: Eastern Nagaland records nil voting percentage appeared first on NORTHEAST NOW .

NorthEast Now 20 Apr 2024 8:20 am

First day, First show and the polling begins

The first round of 7-phase parliamentary polls was held across 21 states, with sporadic incidents of violence being reported from Manipur and West Bengal. In the biggest round of the elections, all 39 seats of Tamil Nadu, 12 of Rajasthan and 8 of Uttar Pradesh went to polls. With PM Modi eyeing a third term in office, the BJP hopes to win 22 of the 25 seats in Northeast, hold on to its 2019 tally in the Hindi heartland and Maharashtra and better its show in West Bengal as well as in the South. The Opposition INDIA bloc insists that it will do well across the country, especially in the saffron bastion of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar this time. The counting of votes will take place on June 4 Rajasthan: Total seats - 25 1st phase - 12 It was subdued enthusiasm among voters in 12 seats. Voting was largely peaceful in most constituencies, though some witnessed sporadic clashes. In Kuchera, Nagaur, one of the hot seats, supporters of BJP candidate Jyoti Mirdha and INDIA Alliance candidate Hanuman Beniwal of RLP clashed with each others, injuring Tejpal Mirdha, the chairman of Kuchera municipality. Nagour is a Jat-dominated seat. In another hot seat of Jhunjhunu in the Shekhawati region, BJP candidate Shubhakaran Chaudhary fought with security personnel and in Churu, an MLA was involved in altercation with a policeman Uttar pradesh: Total seats - 80 1st phase - 8 The overall turnout seemed to be lower than the 2019 elections. The eight constituencies which went to the polls included Saharanpur (63.29%),Pilibhit (60.2%), Kairana (58.68%), Nagina (SC) (58.05%), Moradabad (57.65%), Muzaffarnagar (54.91), Bijnor (54.68%), Rampur (52.42%). No major incident was reported during the polling. Last time, a turnout of 66.47% was recorded in the eight constituencies. Overall turnout in Uttar Pradesh during 2019 was 59.21%. In the Neuria area of the district, villagers said they would not vote as they are peeved at man-animal conflict Bihar: Total seats - 40 4 A low turnout of 48.23% was recorded in four constituencies where 38 candidates were in the fray. In 2019, 53.47% voters had exercised their franchise. Gaya has the highest 14 candidates in the fray. There is a decrease of around 5.24% of turnout in 2024. According to chief electoral officer H R Srinivasa, Gaya (SC) recorded the highest 52% turnout, Jamui (SC) and Aurangabad 50% each. In Nawada, only 41.50% voters exercised their franchise. In 2019, Aurangabad had recorded 53.63% turnout, Gaya 56.16 %, Nawada 49.33% and Jamui 55.21%. Voters called for poll boycott in six stations, there was no report of clashes or violence though, according to Srinivasa. WEST BENGAL: Total seats - 42 1st phase - 3 Sporadic incidents of violence marred the first phase, with TMC and BJP workers clashing in Cooch Behar and Jalpaiguri. Three reserved seatsJalpaiguri, Alipurduar and Cooch Beharin North Bengal went to polls. The TMC and the BJP lodged 80 and 39 complaints, respectively, related to violence, voter intimidation, and assaults on poll agents in Cooch Behar and Alipurduar. Union MoS Nisith Pramanik is contesting from Cooch Behar. TMC leader Udayan Guha said that the BJP, along with central forces, unleashed a reign of terror to rig the elections. The BJP, however, denied the allegations. chhattisgarh: Total seats - 11 1st phase - 1 The voters defied the Maoist threat, as the encouraging turnout eclipsed the terror that haunted Bastar zone ahead of the polling. A CRPF personnel, Devendra kumar, was killed in an IED blast at Usoor in an edgy district of Bijapur during an area domination operation. He died of his injuries while on the way to Raipur in a chopper. In the same district, an assistant commandant of CRPF was injured during a poll-related duty at Bhairamgarh. Barring the two incidents, the polling across Bastar remained peaceful. For the first time, 102 new polling stations were set up for the convenience of voters. Madhya Pradesh: Total seats - 29 1st phase - 6 Six constituencies recorded around 67% turnout till 6.30 pm and the figure is likely to go up. The six seats had registered 75.23% polling in. The high-profile Chhindwara seat (where ex-CM Kamal Naths MP son Nakul Nath took on BJPs Vivek Sahu) stood on top in terms of poll percentage with 78.67% as shared by chief electoral officer Anupam Rajan. Another key constituency Mandla-ST (where sixth-time BJP MP and Union minister Faggan Singh Kulaste was pitted against ex-minister and fourth-time Congress MLA Omkar Markam) reported 72.92% polling. The Maoist-hit Balaghat seat reported 72.60% polling Jammu & Kashmir: Total seats - 5 1st phase - 1 For the first-time in over three decades, residents at the International Border in Hira Nagar sector of Kathua district exercised their right to vote for the Udhampur seat without any fear or threat of cross-border firing. It was the first major electoral exercise in J&K since the abrogration of Article 370 and bifurcation of erstwhile J&K state into two Union Territories. People men, women, including young and old thronged at the polling station in Kadyala village close to International Border. India and Pakistan on February 24, 2021, announced to strictly uphold the November 2003 border ceasefire pact between the troops of two countries. Residents said due to the ceasefire, more people have come to vote in this election UTTARAKHAND 5 5 Despite clear weather and relatively low temperature, the turnout was below expectation. Villagers of Jalal in Nainital and Tehri parliamentary constituency boycotted the election for lack of infrastructure, posing risks to their travel and safety. Newlywed couples, dressed in their wedding attire, arrived at several polling stations to cast their votes. However, around 350 were not able to vote on polling day due to wedding ceremonies. Bhagwan Singh, father of the groom from village Chhedi in Srinagar, expressed regret for not being able to vote on polling day due to clash over marriage date Maharashtra: Total seats - 48 1st phase - 5 Voting for the five seats took place without untoward events in Maharashtra. The voting began on a slow pace due to the scorching heat in the Vidarbha region. The tribal and Naxalite district of Gadchiroli witnessed the highest turnout at 64.95%, while Nagpur reported lowest at 47.91% till 5pm. In Ramtek-SC seat, 53.38% turnout was reported, 56.87% in BhandaraGondia and 55.11% in Chandrapur seat. To avoid technical snags cropping up in EVMs in the remote polling booths in Gadchiroli, three spare EVMs were dispatched by a helicopter to the Sironcha area of the district, said an official. Manipur: Total seats - 2 1st phase - 2 Sporadic incidents of gunfire and intimidation of voters as well as Congress workers by armed miscreants marred Lok Sabha elections in ethnic violence-hit Manipur on Friday. The turnout was 72.32% in the Inner Manipur seat and 61.98% in Outer Manipur. The violence occurred in places falling under the Inner Manipur seat which straddles the Meitei-majority Imphal Valley. The armed men fired several rounds outside a polling station at Thamnapokpi in Bishnupur district. Three persons were reportedly injured.The voters and the Congress polling agents were intimidated by the armed miscreants Tamil Nadu: Total seats - 39 1st phase - 39 The polling began at 7am amid tight security in most of the 39 constituencies. Argument broke out between voters and officials in some polling stations as authorities did not allow people to carry their smartphones/mobiles inside the booths. People belonging to Parandhur village with over 1,000 voters near Sriperumbudur did not turn up to vote till 9.30 am. Around 1,000 voters of Ennore who had called for boycott of the election over the ammonia gas leak incident at Ennore Creek withdrew their decision and decided to vote Puducherry: Total seats - 1 1st phase - 1 The Union Territory gets to elect their lone representative to the Lok Sabha. A visit to some of the polling stations in rural areas brought to the fore a mixed picture. Pink booths were the centre of attraction. The green environment at a booth housed on the premises of the more-than-century-old VOC Government Boys school in the town added to the lustre of the arrangements. Gruel, nutritious cereals, millets and buttermilk were given to the voters Lakshadweep: Total seats - 1 1st phase - 1 Nearly 60% voter turnout was recorded until 5pm in the Lakshadweep constituency spanning across 10 inhabited islands of the Lakshadweep Archipelago, with an electorate of 57,784, as per data shared by the Election Commission. Out of this total, 28,506 are women. The polling began at 7.30am across the 10 inhabited islands and concluded at 6.30 pm. An official said that the figures provided are preliminary, as voters who were in line by this deadline were given the opportunity to cast their votes Andaman & Nicobar islands: Total seats - 1 1st phase - 1 Around 3,15,148 voters in Andaman and Nicobar Islands have exercised their franchise till 3pm for the lone Lok Sabha seat in the Union Territory. Seven members of the Shompen tribe, a particularly vulnerable tribal group (PVTGs) of the Great Nicobar Islands, on Friday exercised their voting rights for the first time, an election official said. Other two primitive tribes, too, exercised their voting rights like in 2019, the CEO said Arunachal Pradesh: Total seats - 2 1st phase - 2 The unique Malogam polling station in Anjaw district of the state recorded cent per cent polling with the lone female voter, exercising her constitutional right on Friday, officials said. Supporters of two candidates clashed at the Bameng Assembly constituency in East Kameng. Irate mobs damaged EVMs in polling stations elsewhere in the state. Miscreants tried to snatch EVMs in three polling stations in the Nacho constituency in Upper Subansiri and in one in Kurung Kumey district, where polling was also suspended Assam: Total seats - 14 1st phase - 5 Long queues were seen outside booths since morning as polling was underway for five constituencies. Poling began at 7 am in Dibrugarh, Jorhat, Lakhimpur, Sonitpur and Kaziranga seats, and 86.5 lakh voters are eligible to vote. Union Minister Sarbananda Sonowal of BJP and Congresss deputy leader in Lok Sabha Gaurav Gogoi were among those who cast their votes in the first hour Meghalaya: Total seats - 2 1st phase - 2 Voters at numerous polling stations were seen queuing up as early as 6 am, underscoring their enthusiasm to participate in the electoral process. The first five voters were rewarded with mementoes and first-time voters were also felicitated. Voters in a model polling station planted trees after casting their votes. Polling was being held at 3,512 polling stations in which 10 candidates are in the fray Mizoram: Total seats - 1 1st phase - 1 At least 6,500 polling personnel, over 3,500 policemen and 12 companies of the Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) have been deployed for the polls in the state. All international borders and inter-state borders have been sealed to ensure peaceful elections, a senior police officer said. Although there are six contenders, it is believed that the fight will be mainly among ZPM, MNF and Congress Nagaland: Total seats - 1 1st phase - 1 Polling personnel in six eastern districts of Nagaland waited for nine hours in booths, but not one of the four lakh voters of the region turned up following a shutdown call given by an organisation to press for its demand for Frontier Nagaland Territory (FNT). Of the 13.25 lakh voters in Nagaland, 50.41 per cent have exercised their franchise, the officials said. Nagaland Governor La. Ganesan exercised his franchise at Model Polling Station Sikkim: Total seats - 1 1st phase - 1 Over 50% of the 4.64 lakh voters in Sikkim exercised their franchise in the 32 Assembly seats and in the lone Lok Sabha constituency till 3 pm on Friday, an official said. Thirteen companies of CAPF have been deployed in Sikkim, of which five companies are from ITBP and eight from SSB, he added. Former Indian Football captain and SDF vice president Bhaichung Bhutia who is contesting from Barfung (BL) assembly seat voted Tripura: Total seats - 2 1st phase - 1 The opposition Congress and CPM alleged that largescale rigging in several places across the constituency, with the Election Commission saying that it received some complaints and was looking into those. In the bypolls to the Ramnagar assembly seat, which was being held simultaneously, a turnout of 56.68% was recorded. Altogether 14.61 lakh people are eligible to vote in this phase of Lok Sabha polls in Tripura

The New Indian Express 20 Apr 2024 8:06 am

Lok Sabha elections 2024: Moderate polling in 1st phase

NEW DELHI: The first phase of the Lok Sabha elections on Friday covering 102 seats across 21 states and Union Territories witnessed a moderate 62% voter turnout. The figure is expected to go up after reports come in from all polling booths. It was the biggest of the seven-phase festival of democracy. There were reports of sporadic incidents of violence in West Bengal, the strife-torn Manipur, Nagaland and Chhattisgarh. Elections were held for all 39 seats in Tamil Nadu, all five seats in Uttarakhand, 12 seats in Rajasthan, five in Maharashtra, and all seats in the Northeastern states and three Union Territories. Assembly elections in Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim were also held simultaneously. HIGHLIGHTS | LS polls 2024: Phase 1 voting ends with 62.37% nationwide turnout, TN records 72% Billed as the worlds largest electoral exercise, elections for the 18th Lok Sabha is crucial for the BJP as Prime Minister Narendra Modi is seeking a third term in office. Riding on populist welfare schemes such as free ration, housing schemes and construction of the Ram temple, the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance aims to reach the 400-seat mark in the 543-strong Lok Sabha. The Oppositions INDIA bloc, which is looking to dislodge the BJP from power, projects the rising employment, inflation and rural distress as the main issues to attack the government. Strife-torn Manipur records over 68% voter turnout in LS polls amidst incidents of gun fires, EVM damage, booth capturing One of the keenly watched contests is Tamil Nadu, where the BJP is hoping to make significant gains. All eyes are on Coimbatore, where the BJP has fielded state chief K Annamalai. The election to the eight states in Western Uttar Pradesh is also crucial for the saffron party as it is facing trouble from upper caste communities and farmers. Other high profile candidates who are seeking the mandate in the first phase include Union ministers Nitin Gadkari, Bhupendra Yadav, Kiren Rijiju, Jitendra Singh, Arjun Ram Meghwal and Sarbananda Sonowal. The second phase of voting for 89 seats in 13 states will be held on April 26 and the seventh and last phase on June 1. The counting of votes will be on June 4. Home secretarys circular sparks furore, withdrawn A circular issued by the state home secretary P Amudha stating that one casual leave or earned leave will be deducted if staff fail to cast votes sparked a row. The circular was later withdrawn 3 voters die in three separate incidents Three voters died in three incidents in polling booths. Two victims, R Chinnaponnu (77) and N Palaniswamy (65), were from Salem, and K Kanagaraj (70), the third victim, was from Tiruttani Heat wave sweeps TN, Erode sizzles at 43C Heat wave swept TN on Friday with Erode recording the highest of 43C. Places with temperature in excess of 41C included Vellore (41.9), Karur (41.5), Tiruchy (41.3), Tiruttani (41.2) and Salem (41.2)

The New Indian Express 20 Apr 2024 7:27 am

Not 1 of eastern Nagalands 4L voters turn up to vote

The Times of India 20 Apr 2024 4:56 am

Turnout nil in 6 Nagaland districts after bandh call

Over 4 lakh voters in Nagaland boycott Lok Sabha elections due to ENPO's separate zone demand. 20 MLAs abstain. CM Rio cautious of confrontations. EC reports 0 turnout. Show-cause to ENPO.

The Times of India 20 Apr 2024 1:47 am

Lok Sabha polls phase 1: Manipur sees shooting, threat, forces' apathy

Violence, intimidation, and booth disruptions marred Manipur elections, while Nagaland saw a poll boycott. Incidents included firing, bogus voting, threats, and EVM damage. The Eastern Nagaland Peoples' Organisation enforced a shutdown, MLAs didn't vote, and armed men interfered in polling stations.

The Economic Times 20 Apr 2024 12:35 am

Six eastern Nagaland districts abstain from voting amid shutdown call over frontier territory demand

Kohima: Election officials across 738 polling stations in six Eastern Nagaland districts waited for over nine hours Friday, but none of the 4 lakh (approx) voters from the region showed up due to a call to abstain from the electoral process given by the Naga organisations pressing for their demand for a separate Frontier Nagaland []

orissapost 19 Apr 2024 11:23 pm

Candidates win or lose with power of single vote: Congress' Kuldeep Sharma casts vote in Port Blair

Candidates win or lose with power of single vote: Congress' Kuldeep Sharma casts vote in Port Blair Congress MP and candidate from Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Kuldeep Rai Sharma, cast his vote at a polling booth in Port Blair on Friday for the Lok Sabha polls. The Congress candidate stressed the importance of casting votes and explained how a single voter can determine the outcome of an election for any given candidate. Speaking to ANI, Kuldeep Rai Sharma said, I feel great. The power of a single vote of the people--candidates win or lose with one vote. The victory or loss of each candidate plays an important role in forming the government in the country. The public is God. With the work I have done in the last 28 years, I believe that the public will once again think and vote. Meanwhile, after casting his vote at a polling booth in Port Blair, Lieutenant Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Admiral DK Joshi, appealed to all the voters of the union territory to cast their vote. BJP candidate from Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Bishnu Pada Ray, also cast his vote at a polling booth in Port Blair on Friday and said that every resident of the island should celebrate this festival and cast their vote. Bishnu Pada Ray faces sitting MP and Congress candidate Kuldeep Rai Sharma here. The mega seven-phase electoral exercise commenced at 7 am today in 102 parliamentary constituencies spread over 21 states and Union Territories. Voters will exercise their franchise until 6 pm today. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is seeking his third consecutive term, while the opposition bloc-INDIA- a coalition of opposing parties formed to take on the BJP in the general elections, is eyeing ousting him from power. Those voting in the first phase include seats in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chhatisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, West Bengal, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Jammu and Kashmir, Lakshadweep, and Puducherry. The second phase will be held on April 26 and the remaining phases will be May 7, May 13, May 20, May 25 and June 1 accordingly. An estimated 8.4 crore male voters, 8.23 crore female voters, and 11,371 third-gender electors are eligible to vote in the first phase of Lok Sabha polls, according to the ECI data. (ANI)

devdiscourse 19 Apr 2024 11:13 pm

Lok Sabha election phase 1: No voters turn out in six districts of Nagaland

Even the MLAs of 20 assembly segments in the Eastern Nagaland did not turn up to vote. There are over 738 polling stations in the six districts of Eastern Nagaland.

The Economic Times 19 Apr 2024 10:36 pm

Lok Sabha election phase 1: No voters turn out in six districts of Nagaland

Even the MLAs of 20 assembly segments in the Eastern Nagaland did not turn up to vote. There are over 738 polling stations in the six districts of Eastern Nagaland.

The Economic Times 19 Apr 2024 10:36 pm

Lok Sabha Elections 2024: Zero voter turnout in 6 Nagaland districts over seperate territory demand

Of the 13.25 lakh voters in Nagaland, the six districts in Eastern Nagaland have over 4 lakh voters.

DNA India 19 Apr 2024 10:30 pm

Strife-torn Manipur records over 68% voter turnout in LS polls amidst incidents of gun fires, EVM damage, booth capturing

IMPHAL/CHURACHANDPUR: Incidents of firing, intimidation, destruction of EVMs at some polling booths and allegations of booth capturing were reported from conflict-hit Manipur that recorded a turnout of over 68 per cent in the first phase of Lok Sabha polls on Friday. Both the BJP and the Congress accused each other of unleashing violence and breaching the election Model Code of Conduct. The state which has been reeling under the conflict of ethnic violence since May last year has traditionally seen a very high voter turnout. In the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, the state recorded a turnout of 82 per cent. Voting took place in two constituencies--Inner Manipur (32 assembly segments) and Outer Manipur (15 assembly segments)- on Friday while polling in the remaining 13 assembly segments in the Outer Manipur constituency will take place on April 26 in the second phase. A voter turnout of 68.82 per cent has been recorded. While the Inner Manipur constituency has recorded 72.3 per cent turnout, the poll percentage in Outer Manipur stood at 61.98 per cent, said Pradeep Kumar Jha, Chief Electoral Officer, Manipur. Keirao constituency in Imphal East district recorded the highest turnout among all the 32 constituencies of Inner Manipur with 83.81 per cent. For Outer, Chandel which has both Naga and Kuki voters recorded the highest turnout with 85.54 per cent turnout. Kuki-dominated Henglep in the Churachandpur district recorded an 80.70 per cent voter turnout while Saikul recorded the lowest with just 19.46 per cent. Chief Minister N Biren Singh's constituency Heingang recorded an 80 per cent turnout followed by BJP candidate Thounaojam Basanta Kumar Singh's Nambol constituency, which recorded 79.88 per cent. Manipur tribal bodys files plea in SC sensing fresh violence post-LS polls According to sources, the incidents of EVMs being destroyed were reported from at least four polling booths by unidentified miscreants in Imphal East and Imphal West. An EVM machine was set ablaze at Moirangkampu Sajeb in Khurai constituency in Imphal East district and a 65-year-old man was also shot at by some unidentified gunmen. There has also been vandalism in at least one more polling station, in Uripok in Imphal West, an official source said. He was standing near a polling station when some armed assailants opened fire. He has been taken to a hospital in Imphal for treatment, a police official said. Booth Level Officer for Moirangkampu Sajeb, Surbala Devi said, Suddenly two men came and asked for polling agents of the Congress and the BJP. They took the Congress agent outside by holding his hand.Then the two men fired shots at him from inside the car. In a separate incident, armed men also fired several rounds in the air near a polling booth in Thamnapokpi under the Moirang assembly constituency in Bishnupur district, prompting voters to flee, police said. They said additional security personnel were rushed to the spot to contain the situation. Police officials also said that some unidentified armed men intimidated election agents of a particular political party at different places, including Uripok and Iroishemba in Imphal West district, and asked them to leave the polling stations. Incensed with the intimidation, voters at Iroishemba forcefully entered polling stations and destroyed election materials and equipment, the official said. At Kiyamgei in Imphal East district's Keirao constituency, armed men fired blank shots and intimidated some polling agents. Earlier in the day, an altercation broke out between voters and unidentified men at Khongman Zone 4 in Imphal East district, leading to damage to EVMs. West Imphal: A broken EVM at a polling booth after incidents of violence during 1st phase of Lok Sabha polls in Manipur's West Imphal, Friday, April 19, 2024. ( Congress candidate Bimol Akoijam also got into an argument with police personnel in a polling station at Kyamgei Heibong Makhong High School in Imphal East, where he alleged that polling agents of his party were being threatened. BJP's state unit general secretary K Sarat Kumar alleged that Akoijam, accompanied by his supporters, visited several polling stations and provoked officials. Akoijam, accompanied by his supporters, visited several polling booths and disturbed the election atmosphere. We have filed a complaint with the Chief Electoral Officer and Returning Officer, he told reporters. The Congress also blamed the BJP for violence during voting in Inner Manipur. Kh Devbrata, working president of the state unit of the Congress, told reporters: We strongly condemn the acts of armed unidentified men entering polling stations and intimidating voters and indulging in proxy voting. We haven't seen the government try to conduct the polling peacefully in a free and fair manner, Devbrata said. Girish Chodankar, the election in-charge of Manipur and Nagaland for AICC, wrote on X that violence and booth capturing by armed miscreants have been witnessed in several places despite a written submission to the Chief Electoral Officer of possible tension. They allowed frustrated BJP supporters to forcibly capture booths and prevent common people from exercising their voting rights, making a mockery of the elections. We have demanded repolling in such booths, he added. Several voters took to social media to claim that their votes were already found cast when they reached the poll booth. Manipur has witnessed sporadic, sometimes intense, ethnic clashes since May 3 last year between the majority Meitei community and the Kukis, resulting in the loss of more than 200 lives. While the Meiteis are now concentrated in Imphal city, the Kukis have moved to the hills. More than 24,000 displaced people living in the relief camps were identified by the Election Commission as eligible voters and 94 special polling stations were set up for them. No voting arrangements were made for those who left the northeastern state after the clashes. A group of women marched to a polling booth in the Churachandpur district, which was the epicentre of the violence last year. They flashed posters and raised slogans of No justice, no vote. Ahead of polls, several bodies and civil society organisations had launched campaigns pushing for an election boycott saying eed the right to live before the right to vote. HIGHLIGHTS | LS polls 2024: Phase 1 voting ends with 60% nationwide turnout, TN records 72%

The New Indian Express 19 Apr 2024 10:00 pm

Zero voter turnout in 6 Nagaland districts amid shutdown call; CM says no problem with demand

Officials said there is no movement of people or vehicles on major streets in eastern Nagaland except those of the district administrations and other emergency services. Additional Chief Electoral Officer of Nagaland Awa Loring said polling personnel were present between 7 am and 4 pm in the 738 polling stations in the region which comprises 20 assembly constituencies.

The Economic Times 19 Apr 2024 5:22 pm

Tripura, West Bengal lead in Lok Sabha poll voter turnout at 3 pm; moderate polling in Bihar, Rajasthan

Tripura, West Bengal lead in Lok Sabha poll voter turnout at 3 pm; moderate polling in Bihar, Rajasthan Parliamentary seats in northeastern states and West Bengal recorded high voter turnout till 3 pm in the first phase of Lok Sabha polls on Friday with polling percentage also picking up in constituencies in some other states and union territories which went to the polls. Polling percentage was relatively less in Bihar, Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Uttarakhand. Voting is being held in 102 seats in the first phase of Lok Sabha election. Voting for India's parliamentary election, the largest democratic exercise in the world, began at 7 am with Election Commission urging people to exercise their franchise in maximum number. Of the 102 seats going to the polls on Friday, BJP-led National Democratic Alliance had won 43 seats and parties in INDIA bloc 48 seats in 2019 election. While the BJP-led NDA is seeking third consecutive term in office under leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the INDIA bloc is hoping to oust it from power. Polling is being held in 21 states and union territories in the first phase. These are - Arunachal Pradesh (two seats), Assam (five), Bihar (four), Chhattisgarh (one), Madhya Pradesh (six), Maharashtra (five), Manipur (two), Meghalaya (two), Mizoram (one), Nagaland (one), Rajasthan (12), Sikkim (one), Tamil Nadu (39), Tripura (one), Uttar Pradesh (eight), Uttarakhand (five), West Bengal (three), Andaman and Nicobar (one), Jammu and Kashmir (one), Lakshadweep (one) and Puducherry (one). According to Election Commission data at 3 pm, Tripura, which saw brisk polling in the initial hours, continued to maintain its lead with 68.35 poll percentage. It was 55.58 per cent for Arunachal Pradesh, Assam (60.70), Chhattisgarh (58.14), Jammu and Kashmir (57.09), Madhya Pradesh (53.40) Manipur (63.03), Meghalaya (61.95), Mizoram (49.97), Nagaland (53.38), Puducherry (58.86), Sikkim (52.72). Seats in West Bengal also witnessed a high voting percentage of 66. 34 per cent. In seats in politically crucial Uttar Pradesh, 47.44 per cent voters had cast their ballot by 3 pm. In Tamil Nadu, where all 39 Lok Sabha seats are going to the polls, voting percentage was 51.18 per cent till 3pm. In Uttarakhand, where polling is being held on all five parliamentary seats, the voting percentage was 45.62 per cent. The polling percentage was relatively low till 3 pm in Bihar (39.73 pc), Andaman and Nicobar islands recorded (45.48 pc), Lakshadweep (43.98), Maharashtra (44.12), Rajasthan (41.51). Polling is also being held on Friday for assembly polls in Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim. According to Election Commission data at 3 pm, it was 56.19 per cent in Arunachal Pradesh and 52.73 per cent in Sikkim. Polling will be completed in a single phase today in Tamil Nadu, Sikkim, Nagaland, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh, Lakshadweep, Puducherry, Meghalaya, Uttarakhand and Andaman and Nicobar Islands. In Bihar, West Bengal, and Uttar Pradesh, voting will take place across all seven phases starting April 19. The poll schedule was announced by the Election Commission on March 16. Bypolls to 26 assembly constituencies will also be held alongside the Lok Sabha and four state assembly polls. Voting for bypolls is being held in the Ramnagar seat in Tripura and the Vilavancode seat in Tamil Nadu today. The first phase has the highest number of parliamentary constituencies among all phases. An estimated 8.4 crore male voters, 8.23 crore female voters and 11,371 third gender electors are eligible to vote in the first phase of Lok Sabha polls. The Lok Sabha polls will be held in India in seven phases, from April 19 to June 1 to elect the 543 members of the 18th Lok Sabha. The results will be announced on June 4. (ANI)

devdiscourse 19 Apr 2024 5:15 pm

Zero voter turnout in 6 Nagaland districts over separate state demand

Zero voter turnout in Nagaland districts over separate state demand

India Today 19 Apr 2024 4:32 pm

Annamalai, Kanimozhi: Heavyweights in first phase Of Lok Sabha 2024 Elections

Several political heavyweights were in poll fray in the first phase of Lok Sabha polls 2024 on Friday. The polling began at 8 AM where around 16.35 crore people are expected to exercise their franchise. Elections in Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand, Andaman and Nicobar islands, Lakshadweep and Puducherry will conclude in a single phase. First phase of voting begins today on 102 constituencies across 21 states and UTs and 92 Assembly Constituencies in the state assembly elections in Arunachal and Sikkim.Nitin Gadkari, Annamalai, Kanimozhi and Chirag Paswans fate will be sealed in the EVMs today.

The Times of India 19 Apr 2024 3:47 pm

LS polls: One village's polling officers are all women

The line was orderly at Government Middle School as people waited patiently to vote, even after one of the voting machines malfunctioned. The officers working at the polling station in Chedema village in India's tiny mountain state of Nagaland on Friday had arrived the day before, all of them women on electoral duty for the first time. The four women surveyed the polling station, secured the perimeter and started on the tedious paperwork involved with India's multiphase national election.

The Times of India 19 Apr 2024 3:36 pm

Sole focus on Naga sovereignty hindered progress in Nagaland: SC Jamir

KOHIMA: For over six decades, the Naga political issue and its associated sovereignty matter have been central to the contemporary narrative of the Naga people. This was stated by SC Jamir, a five-time chief minister of Nagaland and former governor of four Indian states. Jamir made this observation while delivering a lecture at a World [] The post Sole focus on Naga sovereignty hindered progress in Nagaland: SC Jamir appeared first on NORTHEAST NOW .

NorthEast Now 19 Apr 2024 3:01 pm

Northeast states record high voter turnout, Tripura leads with 53 percent turnout at 1 pm

Northeast states record high voter turnout, Tripura leads with 53 percent turnout at 1 pm There was a substantial increase in the voter turnout charts across the states in the country, with North-Easterm state of Tripura still leading at 53.04 per cent till 1 pm as per the data released by the Election Commission of India. Other Northeast states like Meghalaya (48.91) and Manipur (46.92) are also witnessing high voter turnout percentages. After Tripura, West Bengal is experiencing high voter turnout at 50.96 per cent. The lowest turnout till 1 pm has been recorded in Lakshadweep at 29.91 per cent. Voting percentages for the states participating in phase 1 elections are -- Andaman and Nicobar Islands - 35.70 per cent, Arunachal Pradesh - 37.39 per cent, Assam - 45.12 per cent, Bihar - 32.41 per cent, Chhattisgarh - 42.57 per cent, Jammu and Kashmir - 43.11 per cent, Maharashtra - 32.36 per cent and Madhya Pradesh- 44.43. Mizoram - 39.71 per cent, Nagaland - 43.62 per cent, Puducherry - 44.95 per cent, Rajasthan - 33.73 per cent, Sikkim - 36.82 per cent, Tamil Nadu - 39.51 per cent, Tripura - 53.04 per cent, Uttar Pradesh - 36.96 per cent, Uttarakhand 37.33 per cent. The voter turnout in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections was over 67 per cent. The commission led by Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar and ECs Gyanesh Kumar and Sukhbir Singh Sandhu are also monitoring the progress of polling in Phase 1 of General Elections at ECI Headquarters today. Voting for the first phase of Lok Sabha elections 2024 began on Friday across 102 parliamentary constituencies spread over 21 states and Union Territories as the mega seven-phase electoral exercise commenced at 7:00 am. Voters will exercise their franchise until 6:00 pm. According to the data released by the Election Commission of India (ECI), a total of 1.87 lakh polling stations have been set up, while 18 lakh personnel have been deployed across the 102 constituencies going to the polls. The second phase will be held on April 26 and the remaining phases will be May 7, May 13, May 20, May 25 and June 1 accordingly. The last general elections in 2019 were also held in seven phases. (ANI)

devdiscourse 19 Apr 2024 2:13 pm

Northeast states record high voter turnout, Tripura leas with 53 percent turnout at 1 pm

Northeast states record high voter turnout, Tripura leas with 53 percent turnout at 1 pm There was a substantial increase in the voter turnout charts across the states in the country, with North-Easterm state of Tripura still leading at 53.04 per cent till 1 pm as per the data released by the Election Commission of India. Other Northeast states like Meghalaya (48.91) and Manipur (46.92) are also witnessing high voter turnout percentages. After Tripura, West Bengal is experiencing high voter turnout at 50.96 per cent. The lowest turnout till 1 pm has been recorded in Lakshadweep at 29.91 per cent. Voting percentages for the states participating in phase 1 elections are -- Andaman and Nicobar Islands - 35.70 per cent, Arunachal Pradesh - 37.39 per cent, Assam - 45.12 per cent, Bihar - 32.41 per cent, Chhattisgarh - 42.57 per cent, Jammu and Kashmir - 43.11 per cent, Maharashtra - 32.36 per cent and Madhya Pradesh- 44.43. Mizoram - 39.71 per cent, Nagaland - 43.62 per cent, Puducherry - 44.95 per cent, Rajasthan - 33.73 per cent, Sikkim - 36.82 per cent, Tamil Nadu - 39.51 per cent, Tripura - 53.04 per cent, Uttar Pradesh - 36.96 per cent, Uttarakhand 37.33 per cent. The voter turnout in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections was over 67 per cent. The commission led by Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar and ECs Gyanesh Kumar and Sukhbir Singh Sandhu are also monitoring the progress of polling in Phase 1 of General Elections at ECI Headquarters today. Voting for the first phase of Lok Sabha elections 2024 began on Friday across 102 parliamentary constituencies spread over 21 states and Union Territories as the mega seven-phase electoral exercise commenced at 7:00 am. Voters will exercise their franchise until 6:00 pm. According to the data released by the Election Commission of India (ECI), a total of 1.87 lakh polling stations have been set up, while 18 lakh personnel have been deployed across the 102 constituencies going to the polls. The second phase will be held on April 26 and the remaining phases will be May 7, May 13, May 20, May 25 and June 1 accordingly. The last general elections in 2019 were also held in seven phases. (ANI)

devdiscourse 19 Apr 2024 2:11 pm

Nagaland CEO issues notice to ENPO for calling shutdown on polling day

KOHIMA: Nagaland chief electoral officer (CEO) has issued a show-cause notice to the president of the Eastern Nagaland Peoples Organisation (ENPO) for calling an indefinite shutdown in Eastern Nagaland region on the eve of polling for the first phase of Lok Sabha elections. Commencing from 6 pm on Thursday (April 18), the ENPO shutdown has [] The post Nagaland CEO issues notice to ENPO for calling shutdown on polling day appeared first on NORTHEAST NOW .

NorthEast Now 19 Apr 2024 2:11 pm

Over 24.5% Voter Turnout Recorded by 11 AM in Loksabha election phase1

The first phase of voting for the 18th Lok Sabha elections began today across 21 states and Union Territories. As of 11 AM, over 24.5% of voters had cast their ballots across these regions. Voting is taking place in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, West Bengal, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Jammu and Kashmir, Lakshadweep, and Puducherry. More than 16.63 crore voters, comprising over 8 crore men and 8 crore women, are expected to vote across nearly 2 lakh polling stations. Key political figures in this phase of the elections include Union ministers Nitin Gadkari, Bhupendra Yadav, Kiren Rijiju, Jitendra Singh, Arjun Ram Meghwal, and Sarbananda Sonowal. Other notable candidates include Congress's Gaurav Gogoi, DMK's Kanimozhi, and BJP's Tamil Nadu chief K Annamalai. While the BJP-led NDA seeks a stronger majority, the opposition INDIA bloc is aiming for a comeback. In the 2019 elections, the UPA won 45 out of the 102 seats up for grabs in today's phase, while the NDA secured 41. Six of these constituencies have been redrawn as part of the delimitation process.The general elections, which will elect 543 members of the 18th Lok Sabha, will take place across seven phases from April 19 to June 1. The results will be announced on June 4. Here are the voting percentages of states as of 11 AM: - Andaman and Nicobar Islands: 21.82% - Arunachal Pradesh: 19.34% - Assam: 27.22% - Bihar: 20.42% - Chhattisgarh: 28.12% - Jammu and Kashmir: 22.6% - Lakshadweep: 16.33% - Madhya Pradesh: 30.46% - Maharashtra: 19.17% - Manipur: 28.54% - Meghalaya: 33.12% - Mizoram: 27% - Nagaland: 23.28% - Puducherry: 28.1% - Rajasthan: 22.51% - Sikkim: 21.2% - Tamil Nadu: 23.72% - Tripura: 34.54% - Uttar Pradesh: 25.2% - Uttarakhand: 24.83% - West Bengal: 33.56% Don't make this mistake on YouTube even by mistake! Account may be banned Indian Ambassador in Ireland Faces Backlash for Supporting Modi Regime India Emerges as Fastest-Growing Economy for 3rd Successive Year: FM Sitharaman

News Track 19 Apr 2024 2:05 pm

Almost 0% Voting In 6 Nagaland Districts Over Separate Territory Demand

Almost zero voting has been recorded across six districts in Nagaland so far today, after the Eastern Nagaland People's Organisation - which is demanding a separate administration with more financial autonomy.

NDTV 19 Apr 2024 1:36 pm

Nagaland Lok Sabha poll: Eastern districts observe shutdown, no votes cast in 20 segments

ENPO's shutdown call led to elections boycott in eastern Nagaland affecting 20 assembly segments. ECI data shows zero votes cast. ENPO justifies the shutdown for maintaining law and order.

The Times of India 19 Apr 2024 1:14 pm

Lok Sabha polls 2024: Kamal Haasan casts his vote in Chennai

Lok Sabha polls 2024: Kamal Haasan casts his vote in Chennai Actor and Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) chief Kamal Haasan on Friday cast his vote at a polling booth in Koyambedu, Chennai. Kamal Haasan's Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) has formed an alliance with DMK for the Lok Sabha election, but MNM has decided not to contest the elections. Voting is underway for all 39 seats in Tamil Nadu in the first phase of the general elections. The mega seven-phase electoral exercise commenced at 7 am today in 102 parliamentary constituencies spread over 21 states and Union Territories. Voters will exercise their franchise until 6 pm today. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is seeking his third consecutive term, while the opposition bloc-INDIA- a coalition of opposing parties formed to take on the BJP in the general elections, is looking to oust him from power. In the 2019 general elections, the DMK-led Secular Progressive Alliance, comprising the Congress, VCK, MDMK, CPI, CPI(M), IUML, MMK, KMDK, TVK, and AIFB, registered a landslide victory, winning 38 of the 39 seats in the state. Those voting in the first phase include seats in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chhatisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, West Bengal, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Jammu and Kashmir, Lakshadweep, and Puducherry. The second phase will be held on April 26 and the remaining phases will be May 7, May 13, May 20, May 25 and June 1 accordingly. An estimated 8.4 crore male voters, 8.23 crore female voters, and 11,371 third-gender electors are eligible to vote in the first phase of Lok Sabha polls, according to the ECI data. (ANI)

devdiscourse 19 Apr 2024 11:16 am

Nagaland State Lottery Result 19.04.2024 : Check todays result here

Here are the latest results for the Nagaland State Lottery Result 19.04.2024 The Nagaland State Lottery draw results are announced three times a day, at 1:00 PM, 6:00 PM, and 8:00 PM. The results are available on the Nagaland State Lotteries website and YouTube channel. In Nagaland the Nagaland State Lottery is a popular lottery [] The post Nagaland State Lottery Result 19.04.2024 : Check todays result here appeared first on NORTHEAST NOW .

NorthEast Now 19 Apr 2024 10:58 am

Voting begins on 102 seats in first of 7-phase polls

New Delhi: Voting has commenced for 102 Lok Sabha seats, constituting nearly a fifth of the total 543 seats, across 18 states and three Union Territories including Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chhatisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, West Bengal, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Jammu and [] The post Voting begins on 102 seats in first of 7-phase polls appeared first on Pragativadi | Odisha News, Breaking News Odisha, Latest Odisha News .

Pragativadi 19 Apr 2024 9:37 am

Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam casts his vote in Theni, says BJP alliance will win in Tamil Nadu

Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam casts his vote in Theni, says BJP alliance will win in Tamil Nadu Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and candidate from Ramanathapuram Lok Sabha constituency, O Panneerselvam on Friday cast his vote at a polling booth in Theni. After casting his vote, Panneerselvam stated that the BJP alliance would win the Tamil Nadu Lok Sabha polls. The BJP alliance will definitely win. There is a BJP wave across the country. AIADMK will come back to me, he said. O Panneerselvam is contesting as an Independent candidate backed by the BJP-led NDA. Jayaperumal from AIADMK, K Navaskani from Indian Union Muslim League and Chandraprabha from Naam Tamilar Katchi are the prominent candidates for this seat. Voting is underway for all 39 seats in Tamil Nadu in the first phase of the general elections. The mega seven-phase electoral exercise commenced at 7 am today in 102 parliamentary constituencies spread over 21 states and Union Territories. Voters will exercise their franchise until 6 pm today. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is seeking his third consecutive term, while the opposition bloc-INDIA- a coalition of opposing parties formed to take on the BJP in the general elections, is eyeing to oust him from power. In the 2019 general elections, the DMK-led Secular Progressive Alliance, comprising the Congress, VCK, MDMK, CPI, CPI(M), IUML, MMK, KMDK, TVK, and AIFB, registered a landslide victory, winning 38 of the 39 seats in the state. Those voting in the first phase include seats in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chhatisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, West Bengal, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Jammu and Kashmir, Lakshadweep, and Puducherry. The second phase will be held on April 26 and the remaining phases will be May 7, May 13, May 20, May 25 and June 1 accordingly. An estimated 8.4 crore male voters, 8.23 crore female voters, and 11,371 third-gender electors are eligible to vote in the first phase of Lok Sabha polls, according to the ECI data. (ANI)

devdiscourse 19 Apr 2024 9:32 am

Pehle matdaan phir jalpaan... Uttarakhand CM Dhami urges people to vote in large numbers

Pehle matdaan phir jalpaan... Uttarakhand CM Dhami urges people to vote in large numbers As voting for the Lok Sabha elections began on Friday, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami appealed to the people to vote in large numbers and choose a good government. Urging the people to prioritize their right to vote, CM Dhami said, Pehle Matdaan Phir Jalpaan'. Today is the mega festival of democracy. I appeal to everyone to cast their votes and choose a good government. Under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India has seen new heights in the last 10 years and our country has got global recognition. PM Modi wants to create a strong India and a strong Uttarakhand. Meanwhile, former Chief Minister and BJP candidate from Haridwar seat Trivendra Singh Rawat cast his vote along with his family at DAV School Defence Colony Dehradun polling booth. Polling for Uttarakhand's five Lok Sabha seats is underway, with the BJP hoping to retain all five seats for the third time and the Congress attempting to reclaim lost momentum in the state. Uttarakhand has traditionally witnessed a close contest between the BJP and Congress. Both parties see the state as an essential battleground for displaying and gaining supporters for their national narratives. In Uttarakhand, the BJP had won all the Lok Sabha seats in the elections in both the 2014 and 2019 elections. With 47 out of 70 assembly seats, the BJP dominated in the 2022 assembly polls, while Congress got 19 seats. BSP and Independents hold 2 seats each. This election, to be conducted from April 19 to June 1, is set to be the second longest polling exercise in the country's electoral history after the first general election, which was held over five months between September 1951 and February 1952. The last general elections in 2019 were also held in seven phases. A total of 102 constituencies across 21 states and Union Territories will vote in the first phase today. Vote counting will be done on June 4. Those voting in the first phase include seats in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chhatisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, West Bengal, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Jammu and Kashmir, Lakshadweep, and Puducherry. (ANI)

devdiscourse 19 Apr 2024 9:24 am

LS polls: CEC Rajiv Kumar urges people to vote in maximum number

New Delhi: As the voting for the high-octane Lok Sabha Elections begins today, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Rajiv Kumar has urged people to participate in the general elections in maximum number, informing that around 16.86 crore voters are eligible to exercise their franchise in the first phase of polls for 102 constituencies and nearly 1.86 lakh polling stations have been set up for the purpose. The CEC told ANI in an interview that the preparations for the Lok Sabha elections started two years ago. From preparing the border list to preparing polling stations, finding their routes, deployment of forces, finding out vulnerable booths, creating amenities at the booths--light, shade, ramps, minimum facilities...it's a tremendous exercise that started over two years ago. He also referred to the poll panel using technological interventions for promoting inclusivity and wider participation in the polls. So everything is set. It is now time for voters to come and vote in large numbers at every polling station. Kumar said that it is essential for voters including women and youth to take part in the elections. We made an amendment in the Act where qualifying dates were made four instead of one - on January 1 of every year. There are a large number of young voters. There are voters who are transgenders. It's a truly inclusive voter list that has been prepared. The campaigning for the first phase is over. The silent period is over. Now this is the day of polling, the first one. It's for the voters to come, enjoy it at the polling station, he said. The CEC said that it's very enthusiastic to see young voters getting enrolled. We also did a lot of activities in the colleges and very youth-specific activities. We see a lot of enthusiasm. We have also done a lot of awareness-raising activities. So, if you keep using your finger on social media or on the phone the whole day, this is the time to spend five minutes and enjoy the power of voting at the polling station. Press the button on the electronic voting machine there. I'm sure this time our young voters are going to come ....we have appealed to them to become our ambassadors, to become our influencers, he said. Bring as many friends as possible including family members to the polling station. Enjoy the festival. Feel the responsibility of selecting and electing your own government, he added. Speaking on the ways to ensure the maximum participation of specially-abled and elderly people in the Lok Sabha election, the CEC said there is a facility for them to cast a vote from the comfort of their home. We have earmarked in our electoral rolls persons with disabilities, 40 per cent and above. There is a facility for them to cast a vote from the comfort of their home, if they so desire. But our experience is that many of them want to come to the polling station. And we provide them a volunteer, we provide them with wheelchairs, and it's not a question of physical comfort that we provide, it's a question of giving them the due respect and empowerment, he said. The Election Commission of India (ECI), for the first time in a Lok Sabha Election, has provided the facility of home voting for the elderly and Persons with Disabilities. Voters above 85 years of age and Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) with 40 per cent benchmark disability can avail the optional home voting facility. There are over 81 lakh 85+ aged voters and 90 lakh + PwD voters registered across the country. We have issued great guidelines to political parties to be very sensitive while talking about people with disabilities...they are more capable than most of us. It's a question of just giving them those opportunities, Kumar added. He also talked of ease of voting in Manipur which has seen ethnic violence. We have made a special scheme for voting in the camps. There are more than 18,000 people who have already registered with us to vote from the camps. Our teams will take their vote wherever they are. Our attempt was and is that nobody is disfranchised, everybody is given a chance to vote. Postal ballet, through camp...wherever. So we have done something, and I' am sure people will vote and establish the point that it's the ballot that gives the answers, he said. Informing about the ways to tackle muscle power, money, misinformation and Model Code of Conduct (MCC) violations, the CEC said that a large number of security and non-security measures are in place to ensure security and prevent violence. We are informing of all the steps we have taken to tackle the MCC violations and the money seizures done to the media and to everybody at large. So, everything is being reported and today is the day of voting. He said there are SSTs (strategic surveillance teams), FSTs (flying squad teams) apart from police personnel. A large number of security and non-security measures are in place. The only point is that people must come and vote. Whoever is listening, please come and vote. It's phase one, and there are six phases to come. Find out your polling station through our applications.We have distributed VIS (voter information slips), he said. More than 16 crore voter slips have been distributed in phase one. It's a kind of invitation that is reaching your house, saying this is your polling station. This is your voter list. Please come and vote. youth, male, female, old age, transgender, everybody we are looking for. Our staff is a very well trained. Teams are there at all the polling stations to welcome you very, very courteously. Please come, the CEC noted. In the first phase, polling will be held in seats in 21 states and union territories. These are - Arunachal Pradesh (two seats), Assam (five), Bihar (four), Chhattisgarh (one), Madhya Pradesh (six), Maharashtra (five), Manipur (two), Meghalaya (two), Mizoram (one), Nagaland (one), Rajasthan (12), Sikkim (one), Tamil Nadu (39), Tripura (one), Uttar Pradesh (eight), Uttarakhand (five), West Bengal (three), Andaman and Nicobar (one), Jammu and Kashmir (one), Lakshadweep (one) and Puducherry (one). The 2024 general elections will be held in India in seven phases, from April 19 to June 1 to elect the 543 members of the 18th Lok Sabha. The results will be announced on June 4.

Deccan Chronicle 19 Apr 2024 8:39 am

LS poll: Meghalaya CM Conrad Sangma reaches polling booth in West Garo Hills to cast his vote

LS poll: Meghalaya CM Conrad Sangma reaches polling booth in West Garo Hills to cast his vote Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma reached a polling station in Tura, West Garo Hills, on Friday to cast his vote. A long queue of people was also seen waiting outside the Tura polling station in West Garo Hills to cast their votes. While speaking to ANI, the Meghalaya CM said, When I reached the polling station around 6:30 AM, there were around 200 people present at the polling station, which is a good message that people are participating in the voting process enthusiastically...A very good voter turnout can be seen in this election. Meghalaya is set to vote for its two Lok Sabha seats, Shillong and Tura, in the first phase of polling on April 19. The state has a total of 22.27 lakh voters, with female voters outnumbering males, totaling 11.27 lakh compared to 11 lakh male voters. Candidates vying for the Shillong (ST) seat include Vincent Pala from the Indian National Congress, the incumbent MP, Robertjune Kharjahrin from the United Democratic Party (UDP), and Ricky AJ Syngkon from the Voter's Party of India (VPP). Key political parties and alliances in Meghalaya include the INDIA bloc represented by the Indian National Congress, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), and the Regional Democratic Alliance. Meghalaya will witness a multi-cornered contest for its two Lok Sabha seats, with 10 candidates vying for victory. The BJP has chosen not to contest to keep the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) votes unified. The world's largest democratic exercise kicked off in the country today, with the first phase of a marathon exercise stretching out over seven phases to elect 543 members of the 18th Lok Sabha. This Lok Sabha election, to be conducted from April 19 to June 1, is set to be the second longest polling exercise in the country's electoral history after the first general election, which was held over five months between September 1951 and February 1952. The last general elections in 2019 were also held in seven phases. A total of 102 constituencies across 21 states and Union Territories will vote in the first phase today. Vote counting will be done on June 4. Those voting in the first phase include seats in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chhatisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, West Bengal, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Jammu and Kashmir, Lakshadweep, and Puducherry. (ANI)

devdiscourse 19 Apr 2024 8:35 am

Voting begins in northeast amid boycott call in eastern Nagaland

Voting in northeastern states for the first phase saw over 1.6 crore voters. Long queues formed in Assam despite rain in Manipur. Security measures were in place for Assam LS seats. Ranjit Dutta voted first, while ENPO enforced a Nagaland shutdown.

The Times of India 19 Apr 2024 7:24 am

Live: Gadkari, Rijiju, Kanimozhi among star candidates whose fate will be decided in Phase-I

The world's biggest election -- with a whopping 970 million eligible voters -- kicks off in a few hours and will take a long and winding path across 44 days before culminating in the seventh phase on June 1. The first phase of the Lok Sabha polls will see 102 constituencies across 21 states and Union territories go to the polls on Friday. The biggest chunk of seats in the first phase is from Tamil Nadu where all 39 seats go to the polls. The other states which will see all of their seats going to the polls in Phase-I are Uttarakhand (all five seats), Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Meghalaya (two seats each) and the sole seat in Mizoram, Nagaland and Sikkim. Apart from these, 12 out of 25 seats in Rajasthan, eight out of 80 seats in Uttar Pradesh, six out of 29 seats in Madhya Pradesh, five out of 48 seats in Maharashtra, five out of 14 seats in Assam, four out of 40 seats in Bihar, three out of 42 seats in West Bengal, one out of 11 seats in Chhattisgarh and one out of two seats in Tripura will vote on Friday. In the Union territories, one out of five seats in Jammu and Kashmir, as well as the sole seats in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, and Puducherry will be up for grabs. Separately, voting will also be held for 92 assembly seats in the state elections in Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim on Friday. Among the prominent leaders trying their luck in phase one are Union ministers Nitin Gadkari from Nagpur, Kiren Rijiju from Arunachal Pradesh (West), Arjun Ram Meghwal from Bikaner, Sarbanada Sonowal from Dibrugarh in Assam, Sanjeev Baliyan from Muzaffarnagar in western UP, Jitendra Singh from Udhampur in Jammu and Kashmir and Bhupendra Yadav from Alwar in Rajasthan. Top leaders from Tamil Nadu whose fortunes will be decided on Friday include the DMK's Kanimozhi (Thoothukudi), Dayanidhi Maran (Chennai Central), TR Baalu (Sriperumbudur) and A Raja (Nilgiris) and the BJP's K Annamalai (Coimbatore) and Tamilisai Soundararajan (Chennai South). Rs 700 per vote: Inside India's record-breaking election! India's 969 million-odd voters have assumed a near-royalty status for a brief period. Political parties have been devoting significant energies and expense to make them feel special, even if it involves wheelbarrows full of cash worth some Rs 1 lakh crore, as per preliminary estimates. The projected expenditure far outstrips the 2019 poll spending, which itself topped out at Rs 55,000-60,000 crore, according to the Centre for Media Studies (CMS), which tracks election expenses. It almost equals the spending on the 2020 US elections that stood at $14.4 billion , or Rs 1.2 lakh crore, according to OpenSecrets.org, which too tracks election spending. In other words, the world's biggest elections happening in India will also be the most expensive ever. What it also confirms is that, power often costs too much.( Read more )

The New Indian Express 19 Apr 2024 12:09 am

102 LS Seats in 21 States Vote Today

NEW DELHI: In another few hours, the curtain will finally lift from the Lok Sabha battleground for 2024. One hundred and two Lok Sabha seats across 21 states and Union territories will go to the polls in the first phase Friday. During the last general election, the Opposition had won 45 of these 102 Lok Sabha seats, while the BJP-led NDA had won 41. With 39 seats in Tamil Nadu and one in Puducherry, the largest number of seats which will vote in the first phase is from South India. In 2019, the DMK-led alliance won 39 of the 40 seats in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. Armed with the potent arsenal of Lord Ram, Sanatan Dharma, the Citizenship Amendment Act and the unyielding promise of Modis guarantees, the BJP aims to unsettle its main rival, the I.N.D.I.A. bloc. With rising unemployment, inflation, communal tension, caste census and the farmers agitation emerging as the frontline battlegrounds, the I.N.D.I.A. bloc is all set to engage its adversaries head-on. There are a few wrinkles on the saffron forehead as the 2024 CSDS-Lokniti pre-poll survey indicated that unemployment and price rise remained the main concern of the electorate. As the BJP sought to emphasise issues like the inauguration of the Ram temple and went into a high decibel campaign on Sanatan Dharma, these issues failed to click with voters in comparison to livelihood concerns. Regardless, the survey indicated that the BJP and its allies have a comfortable 12 per cent lead over the I.N.D.I.A. bloc. Meanwhile, all eyes are on Tamil Nadu where the BJP is desperate to open its account. Besides the charisma and popularity of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the BJP is also banking heavily on its newfound Tamil star and state unit chief, former IPS officer K. Annamalai, his constituency Coimbatore will be going to the polls on Friday. His seven-month long En Mann, En Makkal (My land, my people) padayatra culminated in a rally attended by the Prime Minister. In Coimbatore, Annamalai is locked in a triangular fight with the DMK and AIADMK. In Tamil Nadu, the BJP led by Modi had been repeatedly hitting out at the DMK leaders for insulting Sanatan Dharma. Under Annamalai in Tamil Nadu, the BJP is contesting 23 seats on its own, a departure from its approach to contest as an ally. Speaking to this newspaper, a senior BJP leader sounded somewhat cynical. He argued: The BJP has no traditional vote bank in Tamil Nadu. We only gained when the party aligned with the Dravidian players. It was further argued that Tamil Nadu might not positively respond to the BJPs call for one language, one nation, one poll. Tamil Nadus electoral dynamics are crucial for the BJP's broader electoral objectives, whether it aims to retain its current seats or make significant gains towards achieving a landmark majority in the Lok Sabha. Of its 80 Lok Sabha seats, the first phase of polling will be held in eight seats in Uttar Pradesh. The state which has often been electorally viewed as the gateway to Delhi, will be involved in all seven phases of the general election. It may be recalled that of the eight seats voting on Friday, the BJP had managed to win only three in the last general election. These were Pilibhit, Kairana and Muzaffarnagar. The Samajwadi Party had won Moradabad and Rampur. The Bahujan Samaj Party won Saharanpur, Bijor and Nagina. Of the 25 Lok Sabha seats in Rajasthan, polling in the first phase will be held in 12 seats. Securing 24 of 25 seats, it was a clean sweep for the BJP in the desert state during the last general election. Even as the BJP is banking on religion and the CAA to woo the voters, the Opposition is stoking the fire of farmers protests, which it believes is simmering in the desert state. Of 48 Lok Sabha seats in Maharashtra, polling will be held in five seats on Friday. In the fray will be Union minister Nitin Gadkari' on his home turf Nagpur. Given the context of the intense political manipulation in the state, the situation may become tricky for the BJP. During the last general election, it had won 23 of the 48 Lok Sabha seats. Its ally, the Shiv Sena (before the split), secured 18 seats. Sources revealed that in the case of the Uddhav Thackery-led Shiv Sena, the fallout with the BJP and subsequent political maneuvering to oust it, could potentially elicit sympathy from certain sections of voters. Unemployment has also emerged as a major electoral issue in the state, a Congress leader claimed. Other states and union territories going to polls in the first phase include: Madhya Pradesh (6) Bihar (4), Assam (5),Uttarakhand (5), West Bengal (3), Chhattisgarh (1), Arunachal Pradesh (2), Manipur (2), Meghalaya (2), Mizoram (1), Nagaland (1), Sikkim (1), Tripura (1), Andaman and Nicobar Islands (1), Jammu and Kashmir (1), Lakshadweep (1) and Puducherry (1).

Deccan Chronicle 18 Apr 2024 11:54 pm

Nagaland tribal body calls 'shutdown' ahead of polls

The polls for the lone Lok Sabha seat in Nagaland will begin on 7 am on Friday.

Rediff 18 Apr 2024 11:36 pm

Polling tomorrow on 5 LS seats of Uttarakhand; BJP hopes to repeat 2019 feat, Congress looking to open its account

Polling tomorrow on 5 LS seats of Uttarakhand; BJP hopes to repeat 2019 feat, Congress looking to open its account Polling booths are being prepared, security arrangements have been made, helicopter services have been set up, polling parties have left for their respective stations and directions for essential services have been issued, all ahead of the first phase of voting in Uttarakhand's five Lok Sabha seats on April 19. Polling for Uttarakhand's five Lok Sabha seats will take place on Friday, with the BJP hoping to retain all the five seats for the third time and the Congress attempting to reclaim lost momentum in the state. Voting will begin at 7 am across 11,729 polling stations and continue until 5 pm, Additional Chief Electoral Officer Vijay Kumar Jogdande said. The five seats going to polls on Friday are Haridwar, Pauri Garhwal, Tehri Garhwal, Nainital-Udham Singh Nagar and the lone reserved seat of Almora. More than 83 lakh voters will decide the fate of 55 candidates in the fray. Meanwhile, pulling parties left for their respective polling stations ahead of single-phase voting on 5 Lok Sabha seats scheduled for Friday (April 19). Hours before the first phase of Lok Sabha polls starts on April 19, Uttarakhand's Additional Chief Electoral Officer, Vijay Kumar Jogdande, provided information about the booths being prepared for the polls. Speaking to ANI, Jogdande informed that they have arranged two helicopters for emergency service, adding that the voting this time will be casualty-free and no emergency situation would arise. All polling parties are leaving and we have arranged two helicopters for their emergency service. One helicopter will be deployed in Garhwal and another one will be deployed in Kumaon. It will be used only for emergency purposes. Booth-level help management plans are also available with the numbers of Community Health Centres (CHCs) and ambulances, he said on Wednesday. Uttarakhand Chief Electoral Officer BVRCC Purushottam held a meeting with all the departments and agencies related to essential services in the Secretariat on Thursday. The Chief Electoral Officer directed in the meeting that medical staff should be present in all hospitals on the day of polling till the end of polling. Apart from this, the concerned departments related to electricity and drinking water supply should ensure arrangements at all polling stations. The Chief Electoral Officer has instructed the Public Works Department to keep all highways, roads, and connecting roads on alert mode given landslides or any other obstruction till the safe return of the polling parties to their destinations. Uttarakhand has traditionally witnessed a close contest between the BJP and Congress. Both parties see the state as an essential battleground for displaying and gaining supporters for their national narratives. In Uttarakhand, the BJP had won all the Lok Sabha seats in the elections in both the 2014 and 2019 elections. With 47 out of 70 assembly seats, the BJP dominated in the 2022 assembly polls, while Congress got 19 seats. BSP and Independents hold 2 seats each. The election for 543 Lok Sabha seats will be held in seven phases starting April 19. Nearly 97 crore voters are eligible to cast their votes in the general elections this time. The counting of the votes is scheduled for June 4. Campaigning for 102 parliamentary constituencies distributed across 21 states and Union territories, where voting will be held in the first phase of the Lok Sabha elections on April 19, concluded on Wednesday. In the first phase, polling will be held in Arunachal Pradesh (2 seats), Assam (5), Bihar (4), Chhattisgarh (1), Madhya Pradesh (6), Maharashtra (5), Manipur (2), Meghalaya (2), Mizoram (1), Nagaland (1), Rajasthan (12), Sikkim (1), Tamil Nadu (39), Tripura (1), Uttar Pradesh (8), Uttarakhand (5), West Bengal (3), Andaman and Nicobar (1), Jammu and Kashmir (1), Lakshadweep (1) and Puducherry (1). (ANI)

devdiscourse 18 Apr 2024 10:34 pm

Poll body cautions Congress candidate in Nagaland against making communal appeal

Acting on the BJPs complaint, the States Chief Electoral Officer issued the warning to Congress Supongmeren Jamir a day before Nagalands lone parliamentary constituency goes to the poll on April 19

The Hindu 18 Apr 2024 10:17 pm

Lok Sabha Elections 2024 First Phase: 5 Talking Points

Hyderabad: Voting for the seven-phased 18th Lok Sabha election begins on Friday. Campaigning ended on Wednesday (April 17) evening for the 102 LS seats in the first phase. Nominations for this phase were completed on March 27. Vote counting will be done on June 4 after voting in all phases are over. Here are the top five talking points on the first phase of voting: 1. VITAL STATISTICS The first phase is the largest of the seven phases of voting. Over 1,600 candidates are in the fray in this phase, which will cover 102 parliamentary constituencies across 21 states and Union territories. This phase will cover 16.63 crore voters, including 8.23 crore women, 8.4 crore men, and 11,371 from the third gender. There are 35.67 lakh first time voters, besides 3.51 crore voters in the age group of 20 to 29 years. 2. BIG NAMES The first phase will see eight Union ministers, two former chief ministers and an ex-governor test their electoral fortunes. The Union ministers include Nitin Gadkari (Nagpur, Maharashtra), Kiren Rijiju (Arunachal Pradesh-West), Arjun Ram Meghwal (Bikaner, Rajasthan), Sarbanada Sonowal (Dibrugarh, Assam), Sanjeev Baliyan (Muzaffarnagar, western UP), Jitendra Singh (Udhampur, Jammu and Kashmir) and Bhupendra Yadav (Alwar, Rajasthan). Former Tripura chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb will slug it out against state Congress president Ashish Kumar Saha in the West Tripura seat. Tamilisai Soundararajan, the former Governor of Telangana and Lt Governor of Puducherry is contesting from the Chennai South constituency. Former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Kamal Nath's son, Nakul is seeking reelection from the Chhindwara seat (Madhya Pradesh). Another key figure in the first phase is Tamil Nadu BJP chief K. Annamalai, vying for the Coimbatore seat in Tamil Nadu. 3. ARRANGEMENTS Over 18 lakh polling personnel have been deployed across 1.87 lakh polling booths. They were sent to their respective polling stations via 41 helicopters, 84 special trains and nearly one lakh vehicles. 4. FAIRNESS Arrangements have been made for webcasting (live video broadcasting over the internet) in over 50 per cent of the polling stations. On top of that micro observers have been deployed in all polling stations. As many as 361 observers (127 generals, 67 police officials and 167 expenditure observers) had already reached their constituencies several days before the polls. 5. POLLING TIME Voting will start at 7 am and end at 6 pm. However, the closure of poll timing differs in some seats. Following is the list of states voting in the first phase: Tamil Nadu (All 39 seats) Rajasthan (12 of 25 seats) Uttar Pradesh (8 out of 80 seats) Madhya Pradesh (6 out of 29 seats) Maharashtra (5 out of 48 seats) Uttarakhand (All 5 seats) Assam (5 of 14 seats) Bihar (4 of 40 seats) West Bengal (3 of 42 seats) Arunachal Pradesh (Both of the 2 seats in the state) Manipur (Both of the 2 seats in the state) Meghalaya (Both of the 2 seats in the state) Chhattisgarh (1 out of 11 seats) Mizoram (sole seat) Nagaland (sole seat) Sikkim (sole seat) Tripura (1 out of 2 seats) Jammu and Kashmir (1 out of 5 seats) Andaman and Nicobar Islands (sole seat) Lakshadweep (sole seat) Puducherry (sole seat) On the day, voting will also be carried out for the 92 Assembly seats in Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim.

Deccan Chronicle 18 Apr 2024 9:04 pm

Elections 2024: 21 states, UTs set for polling in phase one; 102 LS seats in fray

The first phase of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections will see 102 constituencies across 21 states and union territories go to polls on Friday. The first phase of polling will take place across all 39 seats in Tamil Nadu, all five seats in Uttarakhand, both seats in Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, and Meghalaya, and the sole seat in Mizoram, Nagaland and Sikkim, respectively. Polling will also take place for 12 out of 25 seats in Rajasthan, eight out of 80 seats in Uttar Pradesh, six out of 29 seats in Madhya Pradesh, five out of 48 seats in Maharashtra, five out of 14 seats in Assam, and four out of 40 seats in Bihar. Additionally, three out of 42 seats in West Bengal, one out of 11 seats in Chhattisgarh, and one out of two seats in Tripura will be contested. In the union territories, one out of five seats in Jammu and Kashmir, as well as the sole seats in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, and Puducherry, will be up for grabs. Voting for the 543 Lok Sabha seats will take place across seven phases from April 19 to June 1, with the counting of votes slated for June 4. Separately, voting will also be held for 92 assembly seats in the state elections in Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim on Friday. Of the 102 Lok Sabha seats, the BJP had won 39 in 2019, with the ruling alliance NDA bagging 12, five and three of them in Rajasthan, Uttarakhand and West Bengal, respectively. The BJP's existing allies hold seven of them. And in Tamil Nadu, the DMK-led alliance had swept 38 of the 39 seats in 2019 general elections. Amongst the prominent leaders trying their electoral luck in phase one are Union ministers Nitin Gadkari from Nagpur, Kiren Rijiju from Arunachal Pradesh (West), Arjun Ram Meghwal from Bikaner, Sarbanada Sonowal from Dibrugarh in Assam, Sanjeev Baliyan from Muzaffarnagar in western UP, Jitendra Singh from Udhampur in Jammu and Kashmir and Bhupendra Yadav from Alwar in Rajasthan. Tamilisai Soundararajan, who recently resigned as governor of Telangana and Lt Governor of Puducherry to return to active politics, is contesting from Chennai South Lok Sabha constituency. Nakul Nath, son of Congress leader and former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Kamal Nath, is seeking reelection from Chhindwara. Will the BJP's lotus bloom in Tamil Nadu? Tamil Nadu is gearing up for polls a mid fierce campaigning and an intense three-way political battle between the alliances led by state heavyweightsthe DMK and the AIADMKand the BJP, respectively. With elections for 39 Lok Sabha seats looming, approximately 6.23 crore voters are poised to cast their ballots across nearly 68,000 polling stations. The BJP, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has made unprecedented efforts to gain ground in the Dravidian stronghold. Modi's exhaustive campaign across Tamil Nadu, including rallies in Chennai, Coimbatore, Vellore, and Tirunelveli, underscores the BJP's determination to break its electoral jinx in the state. From raking up alleged corruption and 'parivarvad' politics of the DMK-Congress alliance to the Katchatheevu issue, Modi left no stone unturned in his nine visit to the state Coimbatore, the hub of western Tamil Nadu, is the most keenly watched constituency in the state and the BJP's K Annamalai is slogging to emerge victorious, battling against Dravidian giants the DMK and AIADMK. Meanwhile, the DMK, led by Chief Minister Stalin, has campaigned on platforms of social justice and welfare measures, portraying the elections as a battle against the BJP's divisive politics. Throughout the campaign, Stalin has repeatedly emphasised the importance of these elections, likening them to a second independence movement aimed at freeing the nation from the BJP's influence. In contrast, the AIADMK, under the leadership of Edappadi K Palaniswami, has staunchly defended its record in governance and taken a strong stance against the DMK's campaign. Palaniswami has vigorously addressed various issues, including law and order, and has accused the BJP of discrimination based on caste and religion. Despite facing challenges from both the DMK and BJP, the AIADMK remains confident in its ability to weather the storm, with Palaniswami asserting that the party will emerge victorious with the support of the electorate. UP: Eight seats up for grabs in India's largest state The first phase of the seven-phase parliamentary election in western Uttar Pradesh sees voters in eight Lok Sabha constituencies exercising their constitutional right. These constituencies, falling in the Jat and sugarcane belt, include Saharanpur, Bijnor, Kairana, Muzaffarnagar, Nagina, Moradabad, Rampur, and Pilibhit, spread across nine districts. The contest is three-cornered, primarily between the ruling BJP-led NDA, the Samajwadi Party (SP), and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP). The BJP has allied with the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD), while the SP has partnered with INDIA bloc ally Congress. The BSP, however, decided to go solo. Key issues for voters include employment, education, and development. A total of 80 candidates, including seven women, are in the fray. The eligible voter count stands at 1.43 crore, with a significant Muslim voter presence ranging from 35 to 50 percent. Notable candidates include Jitin Prasada from Pilibhit, who got the ticket over sitting BJP MP Varun Gandhi , Union Minister Sanjeev Balyan from Muzaffarnagar, and Azad Samaj Party chief Chandra Shekhar Azad from Nagina. In the previous 2019 polls, the BJP secured victories in Muzaffarnagar, Kairana, and Pilibhit, the BSP won in Saharanpur, Nagina and Bijnor, while the SP won in Moradabad and Rampur, the stronghold of its jailed leader Azam Khan. However, the party later lost Rampur to BJP in a bypoll. Cracking the Jat code: BJP's strategic courting of RLD and what it means in western Uttar Pradesh Maharashtra: Polls in 5 LS seats; Gadkari among 97 nominees in fray More than 95 lakh voters are eligible to exercise their franchise on Friday in the first phase of Lok Sabha polls in Maharashtra , covering five of the 48 constituencies, where 97 candidates, including Union Minister Nitin Gadkari of the BJP, are in fray. Polling will be held in the constituencies of Nagpur, Ramtek (SC), Bhandara-Gondia, Chandrapur and Naxal-hit Gadchiroli-Chimur (ST), all located in the easternmost parts of the state. There are 95,54,667 voters in the five Lok Sabha constituencies in the Vidarbha region where voting will take place on Friday. Of these, 48,28,142 are male, 47,26,178 are female and 347 are transgender voters, according to a statement from the state electoral office. In Nagpur, which houses the RSS headquarters, a direct fight is on cards between Gadkari, who is seeking a third term, and Congress candidate Vikas Thakre. First phase of LS polls in Maharashtra: It's Congress party's 'caste calculations' vs BJP's 'Modi charisma' In Chandrapur, BJP candidate and Maharashtra minister Sudhir Mungantiwar is facing Congress nominee Pratibha Dhanorkar, wife of late parliamentarian Suresh Dhanorkar, who was the lone MP from the grand old party to be elected from Maharashtra in 2019 from the seat. In Bhandara-Gondia, the BJP has fielded sitting MP Sunil Mendhe, who is pitted against Congress candidate Dr Prashant Patole. Two-time Lok Sabha MP of BJP, Ashok Nete, is contesting against Congress nominee Dr Namdev Kirsan in Gadchiroli-Chimur (ST), where some areas are affected Naxal insurgency. In the 2019 elections, Nete had defeated Congress candidate Dr Namdev Usendi. In Ramtek (SC), the fight is between Shyamkumar Barwe of the Congress and Eknath Shinde-led Shiv Sena's candidate Raju Parwe. Maharashtra, which has 48 Lok Sabha seats, the second highest after Uttar Pradesh, will vote in five phases between April 19 and May 20. Rajasthan: 12 seats in fray; will BJP's dominance continue? In the first phase of Lok Sabha elections in Rajasthan, 12 out of 25 seats will be contested. Polling will be held in Churu, Nagaurm, Ganganagar, Jhunjhunu, Bikaner, Sikar, Jaipur Rural, Jaipur, Alwar, Bharatpur, Karauli-Dholpur and Dausa. According to chief electoral officer Praveen Gupta, a total of 2.54 crore voters are set to vote in the first phase on Friday. Notably, a Union minister is among the 114 candidates in the fray. Law Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal is contesting from Bikaner against Congress candidate Govind Ram Meghwal. The Bharatiya Janata Party won all 25 seats in Rajasthan on its own in 2014, and in 2019, the NDA won 25 seats, the saffron party won 24 seats and the Rashtriya Loktantrik Party (RLP) won one seat. Key constituencies include Nagaur, witnessing a contest between the RLP, now in alliance with Congress, and the BJP, and Churu, with former BJP MP Rahul Kaswan contesting as a Congress candidate. In Sikar, the CPI(M) is challenging the BJP's incumbent MP. The ruling BJP focused its campaign on PM Modi's popularity and its infrastructure work, while the Congress raised issues of central agency misuse and unemployment. Notable campaigners include PM Modi, Amit Shah, and Congress leaders Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi. The second phase of the elections in Rajasthan will be held on April 26. In the second phase, polls will be held in 13 Lok Sabha constituencies: Tonk, Ajmer, Pali, Jodhpur, Barmer, Jalore, Udaipur, Banswara, Chittorgarh, Rajsamand, Bhilwara, Kota and Jhalawar. MP: Six LS seats in action, including Kamal Nath's bastion Six constituents will be in action during the first phase of the four phases for the Lok Sabha elections in Madhya Pradesh. The constituencies include Shahdol, Mandla, Jabalpur, Balaghat, Chhindwara, and Sidhi, covering 13 districts and 27 assembly segments. A total of 88 candidates are in the fray, with Jabalpur having the highest number at 19 and Shahdol the lowest at 10. The total number of registered voters across the six constituencies is 1,13,09,636, with arrangements made for shelter, water, and medical assistance at polling booths due to the hot weather. In the 2019 elections, the BJP secured 28 out of 29 Lok Sabha seats, while the Congress won only one seat in Chhindwara, held by Nakul Nath, the son of former Chief Minister Kamal Nath. The second, third and fourth phases of the elections will take place on April 26, May 7 and May 13. Kamal Nath fighting lone battle to help son win Chhindwara and protect home turf Over 75 lakh voters to decide four seats in Bihar In Bihar, the stage is set for the first phase more than 75 lakh voters will decide the fate of 38 candidates standing in four constituencies: Nawada, Aurangabad, Gaya and Jamui. Tight security arrangements are in place at Nawada and Aurangabad, besides reserved seats in Gaya and Jamui, where a majority of nearly 5,000 polling booths have been marked as sensitive, given these districts' long history of naxal violence. Nawada, with 20.06 lakh voters, sees a tough battle primarily between the BJP's Vivek Thakur and the RJD's Shravan Kushwaha, with Independent candidate Binod Yadav adding complexity. Gaya, with 18.18 lakh voters, witnesses 14 candidates, including former CM Jitan Ram Manjhi, an NDA ally, and RJD's Kumar Sarvajeet. Jamui, with 19.07 lakh voters, features a showdown between Arun Bharti from Chirag Paswan's LJP (Ram Vilas) and RJD's Archana Ravidas. The party's president Chirag Paswan, whose sister is married to Bharti, has shifted base to Hajipur after having represented the seat for two consecutive terms. Aurangabad, with over 18 lakh voters, sees BJP's Sushil Kumar Singh facing RJD's Abhay Kushwaha. 76.01 lakh voters, including 36.38 lakh females and 255 belonging to the third gender, are expected to cast their votes. Uttarakhand: Can BJP 'three-peat' clean sweep? Uttarakhand's all five Lok Sabha seats go into polling in phase one, with the BJP aiming to retain the seats for the third time and the Congress looking to regain lost ground in the state. The five seats going to polls on Friday are Haridwar, Pauri Garhwal, Tehri Garhwal, Nainital-Udham Singh Nagar and the lone reserved seat of Almora. The BJP won all five seats in Uttarakhand in the 2014 and 2019 general elections. More than 83 lakh voters will decide the fate of 55 candidates in the fray. Sitting BJP MPs Ajay Bhatt, Mala Rajya Laxmi Shah and Ajay Tamta have been fielded by the party from Nainital-Udham Singh Nagar, Tehri Garhwal and Almora, respectively. The BJP has replaced its candidates in Haridwar and Pauri Garhwal. Former chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat is contesting in place of Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank from Haridwar and Anil Baluni in place of Tirath Singh Rawat from Pauri Garhwal. The Congress has fielded former PCC president Ganesh Godiyal from Pauri Garhwal, former chief minister Harish Rawat's son Virendra Rawat from Haridwar, Jot Singh Gunsola from Tehri Garhwal, Prakash Joshi from Nainital-Udham Singh Nagar and Pradeep Tamta from Almora. Candidates from the Bahujan Samaj Party, Uttarakhand Kranti Dal and relatively smaller outfits and independents are also in the fray, but straight contests are likely between traditional rivalsthe BJP and Congressin all the seats. Experts say that Haridwar's demography, which has substantial minority and Dalit votes, may also not be a cakewalk for the BJP's Trivendra Rawat, despite his advantage over his rival in terms of experience, as Congress veteran Harish Rawat, who had won the seat in 2009, is leaving no stone unturned to ensure his son's victory from the seat. If the Modi factor works again as it did in 2014 and 2019, overriding all other factors, the BJP will obviously reap the benefits but if unemployment, inflation, continued migration from the hills and performance of BJP MPs over the past 10 years outweigh the national issues, the Congress will gain, political analyst Jaisingh Rawat said. Bengal: Triangular tussle between TMC, BJP and Cong-Left In the first phase of Lok Sabha elections in West Bengal, all attention is on Coochbehar, Jalpaiguri, and Alipurduars constituencies in north Bengal. A total of 56,26,108 voters are eligible to vote in 5,814 booths in this phase. Coochbehar, where Union Minister Nisith Pramanik faces TMC's Jagadish Chandra Barma Basunia, remains significant due to past violence and political rivalries. The deployment of central forces is higher in Coochbehar compared to the other two constituencies. Both BJP and TMC have intensified their campaigns, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee addressing rallies. Key issues include corruption allegations against ruling party leaders, denial of central funds, and the 2021 Sitalkuchi firing incident. The BJP won all three constituencies in the 2019 general elections and maintained its grip in Coochbehar and Alipurduars in the 2021 assembly polls. But, the TMC had the upper hand in Jalpaiguri in the 2021 assembly polls, winning five and the saffron party managed to win two. The Left Front and Congress are contesting together, having secured only single-digit vote shares in 2019. The BJP has renominated Jayanta Roy in Jalpaiguri and Pramanik in Cooch Behar, but replaced last time's winner John Barla with the party's Madarihat MLA Manoj Tigga in Alipurduars. The TMC has, however, changed candidates in all three seats, fielding Prakash Chik Baraik in Alipurduars, Nirmal Chandra Roy in Jalpaiguri and Sitai MLA Basunia in Coochbehar. Direct, triangular contests in Assam's five LS seats Assam gears up for the first phase of Lok Sabha polls in five constituencies, with 35 candidates vying for victory, including Union Minister Sarbananda Sonowal . The electorate of 86,47,869, comprising 43,64,859 women and 42,82,887 male voters, will cast their votes in 10,001 polling booths under tight security with 60 companies of security forces deployed. The BJP is contesting in all five seats, the Congress in four and supporting the Assam Jatiya Parishad contestant in one, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in two and the All India Trinamool Congress and CPI(M) in one seat each. A direct contest is on the cards between the BJP and Congress in Jorhat, Kaziranga and Lakhimpur, while in Dibrugarh and Sonitpur, there is likely to be a triangular fight among the ruling party, Congress, AJP and AAP. The prestigious Dibrugarh constituency has three candidates in fray: BJP's Sonowal, a Rajya Sabha MP, pitted against the United Opposition Forum, Assam (UOFA) candidate Lurinjyoti Gogoi of the AJP and AAP's Manoj Dhanowar. In Jorhat, four candidates are in contention, with Lok Sabha's Deputy Leader of the Opposition Gaurav Gogoi locked in a direct contest with sitting BJP MP Topon Gogoi. Gogoi had to shift his constituency to Jorhat from Kaliabor, which has been renamed Kaziranga following a delimitation exercise in the state last year. In Kaziranga, BJP's Rajya Sabha MP Kamakhya Prasad Tasa is locked in a direct contest with former Congress MLA Roselina Tirkey, with both candidates belonging to the tea workers' community. Kaziranga has the highest number of 11 candidates in the fray. In Sonitpur, also renamed from the earlier Tezpur after delimitation, there are eight nominees, with a triangular contest likely between BJP MLA Ranjit Dutta, Congress candidate Prem Lal Ganju and AAP's Rishiraj Kaundinya. Lakhimpur has nine contestants, prominent among them being sitting BJP MP Pradan Baruah and Uday Shankar Hazarika of the Congress. Two LS seats in strife-torn Manipur go to polls Manipur gears up for the first phase of Lok Sabha elections amid tight security measures, particularly in the wake of recent ethnic violence. The Inner Manipur Lok Sabha seat, which comprises 32 of the 60 assembly segments in the state, and 15 assembly segments of the Outer Manipur Lok Sabha seat will go to polls in the first phase on Friday. Six candidates, including state Education Minister Thounaojam Basanta Kumar Singh of the BJP and Angomcha Bimol Akoijam of the Congress, are in the fray for the Inner Manipur seat. Outer Manipur, which is reserved for Scheduled Tribes, will witness a four-cornered contest between Naga People's Front's K Timothy Zimik, Congress' Alfred Kanngam Arthur and independent candidates Kho John and Alyson Abonmai, with all the candidates being Nagas. A total of 9.91 lakh voters are eligible in Inner Manipur and over 10.22 lakh voters in Outer Manipur. Special arrangements have been made for people displaced due to ethnic strife, with special polling stations set up. The campaigning has been subdued due to the prevailing tensions, and security has been heightened with the deployment of central armed police forces, especially in vulnerable and critical polling stations. Polling personnel have been dispatched to their respective stations, with special provisions for internally displaced people. The election authorities have ensured gender diversity in the management of polling stations, with some stations being exclusively manned by women. Despite the challenges posed by the recent unrest, efforts are underway to conduct the elections in a free, fair, and peaceful manner. Tripura and Nagaland In Tripura, the first phase of Lok Sabha polls will see voting for the Tripura West Parliamentary constituency and a by-poll in the Ramnagar Assembly. The main contest in Tripura West is between the BJP's Biplab Kumar Deb and state Congress president Asish Kumar Saha. With 14.61 lakh eligible voters, including 7.33 lakh males and 7.28 lakh females, the constituency has 1682 polling booths. Central paramilitary forces will secure all booths, with webcasting from each. In the Ramnagar Assembly by-election, BJP's Agartala Mayor Dipak Majumer faces former CPI(M) MLA Ratan Das, with 54,669 electors deciding their fate. In Nagaland, over 13.25 lakh voters will decide the fate of three candidates. Congress nominee S Supongmeren Jamir, Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) and People's Democratic Alliance (PDA) candidate Chumben Murry and Independent Hayithung Tungoe Lotha are contesting the elections. BJP President J P Nadda, Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, and Deputy Chief Ministers T R Zeliang and Y Patton addressed several rallies in support of their candidate. Polling will run from 7 am to 4 pm, with 13,25,383 eligible voters, including 19,999 first-time voters and 6,707 people with disabilities. Female voters slightly outnumber male voters. In 2019, NDPP's Tokheho Yepthomi won against Congress's K L Chishi. J-K: Udhampur LC seat in action amid ceasefire The Udhampur seat in Jammu and Kashmir will go to polls on Friday in the first phase of the seven-phase Lok Sabha elections. In view of the ongoing ceasefire between India and Pakistan and the heavy deployment of paramilitary forces, the voting process is expected to be peaceful in 2,637 polling stations in the Udhampur Lok Sabha constituency, a senior election official said. Union Minister Jitendra Singh is eyeing a third consecutive term in the constituency after winning the seat for BJP in the 2014 and 2019 Lok Sabha elections, facing a major challenge from Congress candidate Choudhary Lal Singh, who had also won the seat twice in 2004 and 2009. Democratic Progressive Azad Party's (DPAP) candidate G M Saroori, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) candidate Amit Kumar and six independents will also be contesting the elections from the Udhampur constituency. According to officials, there are 16,23,195 eligible voters. Among them, 845,283 are men, 777,899 are women and 13 are third-gender voters. There are a total of 84,468 potential first-time voters, aged 1819, of whom 45,825 are men, 38,641 are women and two are third genders, the officials said. Lone Puducherry segment all set for three-way fight The fate of the 26 candidates in fray for the Lok Sabha polls will be sealed on Friday when voters spread across four regions will pick the lone MP from this union territory, where the fight is largely confined between the ruling BJP and Congress. BJP leader and Home Minister A Namassivayam, fielded on behalf of the AINRC-BJP combine, will face off Congress MP and PCC president V Vaithilingam, while AIADMK's G Tamizhvendhan is also testing his luck as a debutant. The Union Territory has a total of 10,23,699 voters spread over Puducherry, Karaikal, Mahe and Yanam regions. Andaman's lone seat in action The lone seat in Andaman and Nicobar Islands will see 3.15 lakh voters get an opportunity to exercise their franchise. A total of 12 candidates, including two women and five independents, are in the fray for the polls. Of the 3.15 lakh voters, 1.64 lakh are men and 1.51 lakh are women, while there are four third-gender voters. The electorate also includes 39 voters from the Great Nicobarese tribe of the Strait Islands, 68 members of the Onge tribe at Hut Bay and 98 members of the Shompen tribe of Great Nicobar Island. Special polling stations have been established for them. This time, the saffron party has nominated Bishnu Pada Ray as its candidate, while the Congress has fielded its sitting MP, Kuldeep Rai Sharma. Ray was first elected to Lok Sabha in 1999, when he defeated Congress candidate Sharma by 2,990 votes. He was re-elected in 2009 and again in 2014. In the 2019 elections, however, Sharma secured a victory against BJP's Vishal Jolly (Ray was denied a ticket) by a narrow margin of 1,407 votes.

The New Indian Express 18 Apr 2024 8:50 pm

Election Commission issues notice to Nagaland Congress candidate against religious appeal ahead of Lok Sabha polls

Election Commission issues notice to Nagaland Congress candidate against religious appeal ahead of Lok Sabha polls With just hours left ahead of the polling of the 18th Lok Sabha elections, the Chief Electoral Officer of Nagaland issued notice to Congress candidate S Supongmeren Jamir for making an appeal to the voters on religious lines. The warning came in response to a complaint lodged by Imchainba, President of the BJP Dimapur District, alleging a breach of electoral conduct. Whereas, a complaint has been received from lmchainba, President BJP, Dimapur District, dated 17th April 2024 addressed to the Election Commission of lndia, through the Office of the Undersigned and received at around 1730 hrs and the said complaint being addressed to the Election Commission of lndia has been forwarded to the Commission vide letter No. ELEICDT -1 5/2024 dated April 17, 2024, the letter stated. The letters, addressed to local councils, purportedly contained appeals of a religious nature, warning against the perceived consequences of voting for the incumbent BJP government. Whereas, in the said letters (as freely translated from Ao dialect by this office), you have said that, other religious believers are being threatened and being persecuted, it added. Whereas the letters go on to state that, At present, the BJP government is in power and through them, the BJP and RSS are working together to make India one nation, one culture and one religion only. And additionally, the letters also state that, in the forthcoming MP election leaded by the BJP Government, if voted to power again, it will be very difficult to for our people to live on. The letters conclude, by stating that, l would like to urge all the people of the Ao tribes in Dimapur and its periphery to think wisely and cast your precious vote prayerfully in order to have a better tomorrow. The letter further stated that, as per sub-section 3 of Section 123 of the Representation ofPeople Act, 1951, appealing by a candidate to vote on the ground of his religion is a corrupt practice. The letter read that the Conduct for Guidance of Political Parties and Candidates stated that, o party or candidate shall include in any activity that may aggravate existing differences, create mutual hatred or cause tension between different castes and communities, religious or linguistic. Whereas, Clause (3) of Part I General Conduct of the Model Code of Conduct for Guidance of Political Parties and Candidates, inter alia, states that there shall be no appeal to caste or communal feelings for securing votes, it added. Now, therefore, you, Shri S Supongmeren Jamir, are strictly cautioned against appealing to communal feelings for securing votes in favour of your candidature for the 1- Nagaland Parliamentary Constituency in the General Elections to the Lok Sabha 2024, it added. The electoral fate of National Democratic Alliance (NDA) candidate Chumben Murry and INDIA (Indian National Development Inclusive Alliance) candidate S Supongmeren Jamir will be decided on April 19 in the first phase of Lok Sabha polls. The Lok Sabha elections are set to commence on April 19 to elect 543 Members of Parliament. Nagaland, situated in the north-east region of India, houses a single constituency in the Lok Sabha. In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the NDPP-BJP coalition secured a significant victory over the Indian National Congress, emerging as the winner. The Nagaland Parliamentary Constituency, the sole Lok Sabha seat in the state, remains unreserved. Political leaders have also been referring to efforts for a solution to the Naga political issue. (ANI)

devdiscourse 18 Apr 2024 8:35 pm

Lok Sabha Polls: Over 13.25 Voters To Decide Fate Of 3 Candidates In Nagaland On Friday

Congress nominee S Supongmeren Jamir, Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) and People's Democratic Alliance (PDA) candidate Chumben Murry and Independent Hayithung Tungoe Lotha are contesting the elections.

Zee News 18 Apr 2024 7:25 pm

Nagaland PSC Announces Written Exam Result for Various Vacancies 2023: Check Now

The Nagaland Public Service Commission has announced a notification for the recruitment of Medical Officer, Staff Nurse, and other vacancies. Candidates interested in the vacancy details and who fulfill all eligibility criteria can read the notification and apply online.

Naukrinama 18 Apr 2024 6:30 pm

ENPO announces indefinite shutdown in Eastern Nagaland on eve of polling for Lok Sabha elections

KOHIMA: On the eve of polling for Lok Sabha elections in Nagaland, the Eastern Nagaland Peoples Organization (ENPO) announced an indefinite total shutdown across Eastern Nagaland region. The indefinite shutdown called by the ENPO in Eastern Nagaland region will be effective from 6:00 PM of Thursday (April 18). In response to the perceived failure of [] The post ENPO announces indefinite shutdown in Eastern Nagaland on eve of polling for Lok Sabha elections appeared first on NORTHEAST NOW .

NorthEast Now 18 Apr 2024 4:22 pm

Rain and thunderstorms to continue in Assam, Arunachal, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Manipur, Nagaland and Tripura

Guwahati: Continuing with the chill and downpour, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued warnings and predictions for the northeastern region of India over the next five days. The IMD mentions that there will be cyclonic circulations and anticipated rainfall patterns over the next five days. Moving on to the rainfall predictions, on Day 1 [] The post Rain and thunderstorms to continue in Assam, Arunachal, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Manipur, Nagaland and Tripura appeared first on NORTHEAST NOW .

NorthEast Now 18 Apr 2024 4:05 pm

ENPO Appeals Eastern Nagalands 20 Legislators To Remain Indoors On Polling Day To Avoid Any Untoward Incidents

Eastern Nagaland Peoples Organization (ENPO) has made a sincere appeal to the 20 legislators from Eastern Nagaland to honor the decision by remaining indoors on the polling day and abstain voting in order to prevent any untoward incidents. In a letter to the 20 Legislators of the Eastern Nagaland, the ENPO expressed a firm belief... The post ENPO Appeals Eastern Nagalands 20 Legislators To Remain Indoors On Polling Day To Avoid Any Untoward Incidents appeared first on Northeast Today .

North East Today 18 Apr 2024 12:13 pm

Nagaland State Lottery Result 18.04.2024 : Check todays result here

Here are the latest results for the Nagaland State Lottery Result 18.04.2024 The Nagaland State Lottery draw results are announced three times a day, at 1:00 PM, 6:00 PM, and 8:00 PM. The results are available on the Nagaland State Lotteries website and YouTube channel. In Nagaland the Nagaland State Lottery is a popular lottery [] The post Nagaland State Lottery Result 18.04.2024 : Check todays result here appeared first on NORTHEAST NOW .

NorthEast Now 18 Apr 2024 10:35 am

Lok Sabha Elections 2024: Campaigning ends for first phase in 102 seats

NEW DELHI: Campaigning for 102 parliamentary constituencies distributed across 21 states and Union territories, where voting will be held in the first phase of the Lok Sabha elections on April 19, concluded on Wednesday. In the first phase, polling will be held in Arunachal Pradesh (2 seats), Assam (5), Bihar (4), Chhattisgarh (1), Madhya Pradesh (6), Maharashtra (5), Manipur (2), Meghalaya (2), Mizoram (1), Nagaland (1), Rajasthan (12), Sikkim (1), Tamil Nadu (39), Tripura (1), Uttar Pradesh (8), Uttarakhand (5), West Bengal (3), Andaman and Nicobar (1), Jammu and Kashmir (1), Lakshadweep (1) and Puducherry (1). Campaigning for the first phase of polling on April 19 in Uttar Pradesh concluded Wednesday evening, with candidates closing up their campaigns for eight parliamentary seats. Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav, both members of the opposition's INDIA bloc, held rallies in Saharanpur and Moradabad on the final day of the campaign. On what basis is BJP claiming 400 seats: Priyanka Gandhi smells a rat in NDA slogan The seats going to the polls in the first phase on Friday are Saharanpur, Bijnor, Kairana, Muzaffarnagar, Nagina, Moradabad, Rampur, and Pilibhit. Likewise, campaigning drew to a close in Uttarakhand at 5 pm this evening, Chief Electoral Officer B VRC Purushottam said. Uttarakhand CM Pushkar Singh Dhami participated in a roadshow in Haldwani on the last day of the election campaign, earlier on Wednesday. After winning all five seats in Uttarakhand in the 2014 and 2019 general elections, the BJP is attempting to retain them for a third term. Six personnel for four voters -- a unique polling booth in Uttarakhand Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the BJP's campaign, built around the development plank, in Madhya Pradesh for the first phase of the Lok Sabha elections that ended on Wednesday. With the first phase scheduled for April 19, the fate of 88 candidates contesting six seats in the MP will be sealed by voters. As TN gears up to vote, poll boycott decisions in the Vengaivayals of the state fail to draw attention In Maharashtra, campaigning for Lok Sabha elections came to an end in five constituencies of the Vidarbha region on Wednesday evening. Polling will be held in the constituencies of Nagpur, Ramtek, Bhandara-Gondia, Chandrapur and Gadchiroli in the first phase on April 19. The campaigning in Jammu and Kashmir's Udhampur parliamentary constituency ended on Wednesday evening. It is witnessing its first major electoral battle since the abrogation of Article 370. The polling is slated for the Udhampur Lok Sabha seat in the first phase on April 19 and will decide the fate of 12 contestants. Udhampur, Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Commissioner Saloni Rai said, On April 17 at 6 pm, we suspended all election-related campaigning, and political parties have been directed to not hold campaigning, roadshows, or canvassing other than door-to-door campaigning. Section 144 is also imposed. Flying squad and static surveillance teams have been deployed. Our main objective is a free and fair and inducement-free election, said Rai. Asaduddin Owaisi's Uttar Pradesh gambit and why it has left the BJP chuckling in delight Meanwhile, campaigning for three Lok Sabha seats in West Bengal - Cooch Behar (SC), Jalpaiguri (SC) and Alipurduars (ST) -- going to polls in the first phase on April 19 came to an end at 6 PM on Wednesday. Altogether 14 candidates, including sitting MP and Union minister Nisith Pramanik, are contesting the parliamentary elections from Cooch Behar. Verbal exchanges between main rivals Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress over issues such as corruption, poverty, and pre-poll promises dominated the campaigning for the first phase of Lok Sabha elections in Chhattisgarh, which concluded on Wednesday evening. Naxal-affected Bastar is the only seat among the 11 Lok Sabha constituencies in the state that will vote in the first phase on April 19, an exercise that will take place in the shadow of the major counter-insurgency operation in Kanker district on April 16. In Mizoram, the campaigning for the lone Lok Sabha seat ended on Wednesday with political parties making last ditch efforts to sweep the voters. Campaigning for the April 19 simultaneous polls in Arunachal Pradesh came to an end on Wednesday evening, setting the stage to elect two Lok Sabha MPs and 50 lawmakers for the state assembly. The BJP has already opened its account by securing 10 seats in the assembly in Arunachal. Campaigning for five Lok Sabha constituencies in Assam, which are due to go for polling on April 19, including the high-profile constituency of Dibrugarh, ended on Wednesday. Congress gave problems to Northeast, BJP made it a source of possibilities: PM Modi in Assam The Lok Sabha poll campaigning for 2024, for the first phase of elections, ended at 5 pm on the five Lok Sabha seats in Assam, including the high-profile seat of Dibrugarh, where Union Minister and former Chief Minister of Assam are contesting. The voting for the Lok Sabha election in the first phase is to be held across 21 states in 102 seats, including five seats in Upper Assam. The campaign for the Tripura West Lok Sabha constituency and the Ramnagar Assembly constituency by-poll also ended at 5 pm on Wednesday. Modi says Congress 'loot' policy would have led to Rs 5,000 mobile bills in northeast All preparations, including security arrangements, have been made for the polling to be held on April 19, an election department official said. Rallies, public meetings and roadshows marked the two-week-long high-decibel campaign. In the meantime, speaking on the preparations for Lok Sabha elections in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, South Andaman SP Niharika Bhatt says, The election campaign will be banned from 6 PM today and no political gathering or street processions will be allowed, that's called the 'Silent' period. Only door-to-door campaigning will be allowed and that too without speakers. DC has also given orders regarding Section 144 to maintain law and order. Voting will start at 7 in the morning on April 19 and go until 6 p.m. A few pink polling booths have been established where all the officials will be women, said the official. The 2024 general elections will be held in India in seven phases, from April 19 to June 1, to elect the 543 members of the 18th Lok Sabha. The results will be announced on June 4. From backroom boys to consultants: Poll strategists turn campaign makers in India's political war rooms

The New Indian Express 17 Apr 2024 10:34 pm

Campaigning ends for first phase of Lok Sabha polls in 102 seats

Campaigning ends for first phase of Lok Sabha polls in 102 seats Campaigning ended Wednesday evening for 102 Lok Sabha seats across 21 states and Union territories which will go to polls in the first phase on April 19 with top leaders of the BJP-led NDA and the opposition INDIA bloc making a last-gasp effort to woo voters. Leading the charge, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took whirlwind tours of various constituencies in the past few days, addressing rallies and holding roadshows, and asserting that he went to people with hope in 2014, trust in 2019 and guarantee in 2024. Many times he said there is ''Modi's guarantee across the country and I am giving the guarantee of fulfilling all these guarantees''. Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and several of their cabinet colleagues, leaders of the Congress such as Mallikarjun Kharge and Rahul Gandhi, and other parties also canvassed for their candidates. The BJP has come out all guns blazing at the INDIA bloc over corruption, dynasty politics and insulting the Constitution and Hinduism. The Opposition leaders, in turn, have attacked the government over electoral bonds, alleged misuse of agencies, inflation and unemployment among other issues. The BJP in its manifesto prioritised development and welfare while shunning populist measures and contentious issues like the NRC. Named ''Modi ki Guarantee'', the manifesto largely built on the government's existing welfare schemes targeted at different sections of society, while reiterating the BJP's commitment to roll out one-nation-one-election and Uniform Civil Code, two issues mentioned in its 2019 manifesto too. In its 45-page manifesto titled 'Nyay Patra', the Congress focussed on five ''pillars of justice'' and 25 guarantees under them. Right to apprenticeship, a legal guarantee for MSP, passing a constitutional amendment to raise the 50 per cent cap on reservations for SCs, STs and OBCs, a nation-wide caste census and scrapping of Agnipath scheme are among the promises made by the party in the manifesto. Modi, however, lambasted the Congress manifesto saying it carries the imprint of the Muslim League with ''every page reeking of breaking India''. Eight Union ministers - Nitin Gadkari, Kiren Rijiju, Sarbanada Sonowal, Sanjeev Baliyan, Jitendra Singh, Bhupendra Yadav, Arjun Ram Meghwal and L Murugan, two former chief ministers - Biplab Kumar Deb (Tripura) and Nabam Tuki (Arunachal Pradesh), and former governor Tamilisai Soundararajan (Telangana) are among those in fray. In 2019, the UPA had won 45 of these 102 seats and the NDA 41. Six of these seats have been redrawn as part of the delimitation exercise. Polling will be held in all seats of Tamil Nadu (39), Uttarakhand (5), Arunachal Pradesh (2), Meghalaya (2), Andaman and Nicobar Islands (1), Mizoram (1), Nagaland (1), Puducherry (1), Sikkim (1) and Lakshadweep (1). Besides, there will be voting in 12 seats in Rajasthan, 8 in Uttar Pradesh, 6 in Madhya Pradesh, 5 seats each in Assam and Maharashtra, 4 in Bihar, 3 in West Bengal, 2 in Manipur, and one seat each in Tripura, Jammu and Kashmir and Chhattisgarh. Authorities in these constituencies have been directed to ensure that no outsider remains in these areas 48 hours before polling. Any form of electioneering, public meetings, press conferences by political parties, interviews and panel discussions in electronic or print media have been strictly prohibited. In Tamil Nadu, Chief Minister and DMK boss M K Stalin, on the last day of campaigning, described the polls as the ''second freedom movement'' and reiterated that the election is about deciding ''whose regime must not continue'' rather than who should capture power. He also alleged that Modi has ruined the nation for the sake of his ''selfish politics''. BJP Tamil Nadu unit president K Annamalai also held high-voltage campaigns. Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav addressed rallies in Saharanpur and Moradabad Wednesday in Uttar Pradesh. In Jammu and Kashmir, Modi had reassured the people about holding of assembly elections and restoration of statehood. Home Minister Shah, during a rally, reiterated that the assembly elections will be held in accordance with the deadline of September 30 set by the Supreme Court. Naxal-affected Bastar in Chhattisgarh will vote in the first phase, an exercise that will take place in the shadow of a major counter-insurgency operation in Kanker district Tuesday in which 29 Maoists, including senior cadres, were gunned down by security forces. The second phase of polling for 89 seats in 13 states and Union territories will be held on April 26.

devdiscourse 17 Apr 2024 8:11 pm

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Manipur 17 Apr 2024 12:58 am

FACTBOX-India's Lok Sabha election 2024: What are electronic voting machines?

FACTBOX-India's Lok Sabha election 2024: What are electronic voting machines? India has been using electronic voting machines (EVMs)extensively since 2000 to record votes in the world's largest election. This year, voting in the seven-phase election begins on April 19 and votes will be counted on June 4. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is widely expected to win a third straight term. Here are some details about the EVMs, which have drawn criticism that they are vulnerable to tampering: WHAT IS THE EVM? Includes a thick, rectangular device used to electronically record votes cast in elections. Voters need to press one of the blue buttons placed against the serial number, name and symbol of the candidate of their choice, apart from the option of one of the above. An EVM has three units - a ballot unit, a control unit for the officer-in-charge to ensure a voter is able to vote only once, and a voter-verifiable-paper-audit-trail (VVPAT) unit, which produces a paper slip that is visible to the voter via a transparent screen for about seven seconds before it gets stored in a sealed drop box. The control unit is placed next to the officer-in-charge while the other two units are kept in a voting compartment for voters to make their choice privately. The whole setup is without any wired or wireless connectivity outside the system. HOW MANY VOTES AND CANDIDATES? Each ballot unit can include 16 candidate options including one of the above. A total of 24 such units can be connected to a control unit, which means that one unit can cater up to 384 candidates, should there be so many candidates from one seat. An EVM system, which can record up to 2,000 votes, runs on battery or power-packs supplied by its makers, government-run Bharat Electronics and Electronics Corp of India. The whole setup costs nearly 34,000 rupees ($408) and can work for about 15 years. WHEN WAS IT FIRST USED? EVMs were first used in India for a by-election to the Parur assembly seat of the southern state of Kerala in 1982. It was deployed widely in the country from 2000. Several other countries have tried such machines in limited ways. WHY EVMs? The Election Commission says EVMs help overcome issues like invalid votes due to improper marking or ink smudging in paper ballots and stuffing of ballot boxes with spurious votes or pre-marked ballot papers. It also says that manual counting of ballots is prone to errors and mischief and takes a lot of days. An EVM does not allow more than four votes per minute, which the Commission says makes it difficult for any party to capture a booth momentarily to inflate their numbers without drawing the attention of security forces. If an EVM goes out of order during polling, then the full set is replaced in the presence of polling agents appointed by candidates. The Commission says the votes recorded until then remain safe in the memory of the control unit and the VVPAT unit. WHAT IS THE CONTROVERSY? The Election Commission says the paper slips, which were introduced in the Noksen assembly constituency of the northeastern state of Nagaland in 2013, can be used to verify the electronic vote count in case of a dispute. Opposition parties say all paper slips should be counted separately to rule out hacking of the machines or any other manipulation. The Commission says here is no question of EVMs being programmed several times, or manipulated by connecting to a cellphone, Bluetooth devices, replacing part of it or through any other form of manipulation. Indian courts have largely endorsed EVMs.

devdiscourse 16 Apr 2024 11:10 am

ECI Seized Rs 100 Cr Daily since March 1, Rs 4,650 Cr Seized So Far

Election Commission told the Bombay High Court on Tuesday that it would derecognise those political parties which use children in election campaign or poll-related work. (Photo: PTI/File) Election Commission told the Bombay High Court on Tuesday that it would derecognise those political parties which use children in election campaign or poll-related work. (Photo: PTI/File) New Delhi: The Election Commission of India (ECI) has been seizing approximately Rs 100 crore every day since March 1 and the total has reached the highest-ever figure of Rs 4,658 crore four days before the first phase of the Lok Sabha elections begin on April 19. The model code for the seven-phase polls began on March 16. In comparison, the total seizure was Rs 3,475 crore during the entire Lok Sabha election campaign 2019. Significantly, 45 per cent of the seizures are in the form of drugs and narcotics, valued at Rs 2,069 crore. The cash component stood at Rs 395 crore and liquor Rs 489 crore. The ECI said the crackdown will continue to be strict and non-stop. Officials in different states have searched the vehicles of top political leaders, including the helicopter of a Congress leader in the Nilgiris on Monday. A report by the Telangana State Chief Electoral officer said law enforcement agencies had seized Rs 126 crore in cash, gold, liquor, and freebies, till April 14. This included over Rs 50 crore in cash, gold, silver, and other valuables worth over Rs 13 crore, liquor valued at Rs 20 crore, drugs/narcotics valued at Rs 22 crore and other items and freebies worth over Rs 18 crore, the TS CEO said. Use of black money, over and above political financing and accurate disclosure thereof, may disturb the level playing field in favour of more resourceful parties or candidates in specific geographies. The seizures are a critical part of ECI resolve to conduct the Lok Sabha elections free of inducements and electoral malpractices and to ensure a level playing field, ECI officials said. In Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu, the ECI suspended the flying squad team leader for laxity and selective checking of a cavalcade of a prominent leader. Officials have also checked the vehicles in the convoy of the Chief Minister of a state and the vehicle of a Deputy CM in another state. The commission has also taken strict action against approximately 106 government servants who have been found assisting politicians in campaigning, thereby violating the Code of Conduct and instructions, the ECI said. In Telangana state, 136 officials faced action for attending an election-related meeting. The ECI has also collaborated with the Directorate General of the Narcotics Control Bureau and its senior officials to identify key routes and corridors for drug trafficking and ensure effective countermeasures are in place. Over the past few years, significant seizures have been made during elections to State Assemblies, including during the operation of the model code of conduct in states like Gujarat, Punjab, Manipur, Nagaland, Tripura, and Mizoram.

Deccan Chronicle 15 Apr 2024 9:49 pm

It's an illusion: Sonowal dismisses Congress remark of there being an undercurrent in favour of party in NE states

It's an illusion: Sonowal dismisses Congress remark of there being an undercurrent in favour of party in NE states Union Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Monday dismissed Congress general secretary Jairam Ramesh's remark that there is an undercurrent in favour of the Congress in North-Eastern states and said that it is an illusion. With a sarcastic smile, he said, This is their (Congress) illusion. They don't have neti (policies), neta (leaders), or niyat (intentions). They have lost their way. The public has rejected them from their hearts. They only exist in the media. Earlier today, Congress leader Jairam Ramesh claimed significant support for Congress across all states in the Northeast, including Assam. All the states of the North East have a strong undercurrent in favour of the Congress: Assam, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram and Tripura. Our candidates are fighting strongly. Some state governments, especially those in Assam, are trying to create hurdles in our campaign. Assam CM and 7 of their ministers are paying attention to only one seat. The CM is sitting in Jorhat because he is nervous that our candidate, Gaurav Gogoi, will definitely win, Ramesh said. Notably, Congress leader Gaurav Gogoi will challenge BJP leader Topon Kumar Gogoi in the 2024 elections from the Jorhat Lok Sabha constituency. Meanwhile, Topon Kumar Gogoi is a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate from the Jorhat parliamentary constituency and a sitting MP. Congress Leader Jairam Ramesh and Supriya Shrinate addressed a press conference in New Delhi today. Further, Sonowal showed confidence in the BJP-NDA alliance, stating that the alliance will secure up to 23 out of 25 seats in the upcoming elections. They won't win anything. They are heading towards zero. That's why, as I have said before, the people have seen development and benefited from it. The people have gained confidence. They have the opportunity to live with dignity and have received social security. All of this is thanks to PM Modi. For what he has done in 10 years, people have faith in him. That's why you'll see in this election, BJP with the NDA alliance will win up to 23 out of 25 seats, Sonowal said. The Lok Sabha polls for 14 seats in Assam will be held in three phases starting on April 19. In this Lok Sabha election in Assam, the BJP is contesting in 11 out of 14 seats, while its ally parties, Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), are contesting in two seats (Barpeta and Dhubri) and UPPL in one seat (Kokrajhar), respectively. In the Lok Sabha elections of 2014, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) secured 7 of the 14 seats in Assam. Both the Congress and the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) claimed three seats each. During the 2019 elections, the BJP increased its seat count to 9, while the Congress maintained its three seats, and the AIUDF won a single seat. (ANI)

devdiscourse 15 Apr 2024 9:17 pm

Lok Sabha election is about India's future, to safeguard Constitution: Congress

Chodankar expressed confidence that the opposition INDIA bloc would form its government at the Centre while Nagaland would send its representative by electing the Congress nominee S Supongmeren Jamir.

The Economic Times 15 Apr 2024 5:14 pm

ECI on track for the highest ever seizures of inducements recorded in history of Lok Sabha elections

ECI on track for the highest ever seizures of inducements recorded in history of Lok Sabha elections With General Elections 2024 underway, ECI is on track for the highest ever seizures of inducements recorded in the 75-year history of Lok Sabha elections in the country. Enforcement Agencies have made a record seizure of over Rs. 4650 crores in ECI's resolute fight against money power even before the first phase of polling for the 18th Lok Sabha elections commences on Friday. This marks a sharp increase over Rs 3475 crores seized during the entire Lok Sabha election in 2019. Significantly, 45% of the seizures are of drugs and narcotics, that are under the special focus of the Commission. The seizures have been possible by comprehensive planning, scaled up collaboration and unified deterrence action from agencies, proactive citizen participation and optimal engagement of technology. Use of black money, over and above political financing and accurate disclosure thereof, may disturb the level playing field in favour of more resourceful party or candidate in specific geographies. The seizures are a critical part of ECI resolve to conduct the Lok Sabha elections free of inducements and electoral malpractices and to ensure a level playing field. CEC Shri Rajiv Kumar, while announcing the polls last month, underlined Money Power as one of the '4M' challenges. On 12th April, Commission led by CEC Shri Rajiv Kumar along with ECs Shri Gyanesh Kumar and Shri Sukhbir Singh Sandhu reviewed all Central Observers deployed in Phase -1 of elections going to poll on 19th April. Tightening, monitoring and checking were amongst the focus of deliberations to ensure inducement-free electoral process. The enhanced seizures reflect ECI's unwavering commitment to monitor inducements and curb electoral malpractices for a 'level playing field', particularly in favour of smaller and less resourceful parties. In an incident in Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu, the Commission suspended the flying squad team leader for laxity in duty and selective checking of a cavalcade of a prominent leader. Similarly, officials checked vehicles in the convoy of CM of a state and also vehicle of a Dy CM in another state. Commission has also taken strict action against approximately 106 government servants who have been found assisting politicians in campaigning, thereby violating the Code of Conduct and instructions. In the press briefing during announcement of Parliamentary elections, CEC Shri Rajiv Kumar stressed in his presentation on strict compliance of BCAS instructions on surveillance and inspection of non-scheduled aircrafts and helicopters by Income tax, airport authorities and SPs of concerned districts, border agencies to keep close watch on international checkposts and GST authorities to closely monitor godowns, especially makeshift godowns meant for storing freebies. The Commission during reviews had always emphasized that there will be multi-pronged surveillance on all modes of transport - check posts and nakas for road transport, Coast guard for coastal routes and DMs and SPs alongside agencies for air routes including checking of helicopters and non-scheduled flights. Details of State /UT wise and category wise seizures as on 13.04.2024 is placed at Annexure A. How has it been made possible? Election Seizure Management System (ESMS)- breaking silos and bringing all enforcement agencies on one platform through use of technology is proving to be a game changer. With the introduction of technology in monitoring process, ESMS, an ECI in-house developed portal is proving to be a catalyst. The novel innovation for real time reporting of interceptions and seizures, avoiding duplication of seizures was tested in the last round of Assembly elections. The portal facilitates digital trails and availability of seizure information at the click of a mouse enabling quick and timely reviews at all controlling levels. As per data, 6398 District nodal officers of various agencies, 734 state nodal officers, 59000 flying squads (FS) and Statics Surveillance Teams (SST) have been on boarded on ESMS platform for exhaustive real time monitoring and updates. All nodal officials have been trained on various aspects of using ESMS. The system took firm root during Assembly elections during 2023, when Rs 2014.26 crores was seized as against Rs 239.35 crores in the previous corresponding elections. With successful implementation and feedback from the field in the last round of assembly elections, it has been reviewed and made robust before implementation in ongoing elections. Meticulous and exhaustive planning, involvement of largest number of Enforcement Agencies: The largest number of enforcement agencies both from Centre and States have been assembled for collaborative effort among agencies. S. No.Months prior to elections and more intensively from January 2024, senior officials from the Election Commission visited every State and Union territory to emphasize the importance of combating the influence of money in elections. Furthermore, districts were thoroughly reviewed, and discussions were held with Chief Secretaries, Directors General of Police (DGPs), and heads of enforcement agencies to assess their performance and encourage heightened vigilance against the misuse of financial resources during elections. Field-level personnel are also subject to ongoing reviews by Chief Electoral Officers (CEOs), Observers, and District Electoral Officers (DEOs). Often, discoveries made by one agency 'inform and guide' the actions of others, leading to a unified and widespread deterrent effect. Commission has also emphasized the importance of joint teams comprising relevant agencies in inspecting inducements through various meansroad, rail, sea, and airduring electoral visits to States/UTs. As a result, in January and February, the months preceding the official announcement, countrywide seizures totalling another Rs 7502 crores were recorded in form of cash, liquor, drugs, precious metals and freebies. This brings total seizure to over Rs 12000 crores so far with six weeks still left in the election period. Increased focus on drug menace in society: Notably, there was a substantial focus on drug seizures, which accounted for approximately 75% of the total seizures in January and February 2024. Chief Election Commissioner Shri Rajiv Kumar had emphasized the importance of agencies' efforts in seizing drugs and narcotics during his visits to nodal agencies. He highlighted that besides the risk of dirty money being used to influence elections, drugs pose a serious social menace with the potential to harm communities, particularly youth. The Commission has also collaborated with the Directorate General of the Narcotics Control Bureau and its senior officials to identify key routes and corridors for drug trafficking and ensure effective countermeasures are in place. Over the past few years, significant seizures have been made during elections to State Assemblies, including during the operation of Model Code of Conduct in States like Gujarat, Punjab, Manipur, Nagaland, Tripura, and Mizoram. Identification of Expenditure Sensitive Constituencies: 123 Parliamentary Constituencies are marked as Expenditure Sensitive Constituencies for more focussed vigil. These constituencies had either had a history of distribution of inducements in previous elections or have inter-state and international borders with potential inflow of drugs, cash, and liquor. Deployment of Expenditure Observers: Senior officers appointed as Expenditure Observers serve as the eyes and ears of the Commission for a fair and inducement free elections. A total of 656 Expenditure Observers have been assigned to Parliamentary Constituencies, while 125 are deployed in Assembly Constituencies across Arunachal Pradesh, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, and Sikkim. Special Expenditure Observers with a brilliant track record of domain expertise and experience with election processes have also been deployed in States/UTs. Use of cVigil: cVigil app of the Commission has also reinforced the expenditure monitoring process through complaints directly from citizens on distribution of any type of inducements. Since announcement of election schedule, a total of 3262 complaints have been received pertaining to distribution of cash, liquor and freebies. No harassment to citizens: At the beginning of the current elections, there were reports in the media about tourists undergoing unnecessary checks and hassles by ground-level teams. Taking this matter seriously, the Commission promptly issued an advisory to all Chief Electoral Officers (CEOs) regarding the need for a careful and courteous approach when inspecting tourists and citizens. Additionally, the Commission directed the constituted 'District Grievance Committees (DGC)' to hold daily hearings at designated locations for the swift resolution of grievances related to seizures. CEOs and DEOs were instructed to ensure the effective functioning of these committees. These measures serve as the cornerstone of a comprehensive expenditure monitoring process, resulting in increased seizures with least inconvenience to the public. With campaigning intensifying in the days ahead, the Commission stands prepared to enhance its vigilance to ensure an inducement-free electoral process in line with its commitment. (With Inputs from PIB)

devdiscourse 15 Apr 2024 4:31 pm

Nagaland Minister Imna Along targets Congress in campaign rally

In a significant campaign rally on April 13 at the Agro Expo in Chumoukedima, Nagaland, Minister Imna Along launched an aggressive criticism against the Congress party, accusing it of favouring propaganda over governance.

thehillstimes 14 Apr 2024 9:54 pm

Tamil vs Thamizh in spirited south Chennai fight

CHENNAI : On March 20, Tamilisai Soundararajan entered the state headquarters of the BJP, Kamalalayam, after a gap of nearly five years, to rejoin the party. After collecting her membership card, she said in her booming voice, Tamizhagathil Thamarai Malarum, Malarndhe Theerum (Lotus will bloom in Tamil Nadu, it will inevitably bloom), revitalising a catchphrase she popularised when she was the partys state president from 2014 to 2019. However, the bloom is yet to happen. Tamil Nadu has eluded the BJP so far with the party winning only eight MP seats out of the 105 Lok Sabha contests since 1984. Seven of these victories were thanks to its alliance with either the AIADMK or the DMK. Two days before she rejoined the party, Tamilisai resigned as the Governor of Telangana and Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry, a move that surprised many and signalled the BJPs intentions to field its heavyweights in key constituencies to turn the tide in this Lok Sabha election. Despite losing the AIADMK from its alliance, the BJP is hopeful of significantly increasing its vote share, owing to the growth the party believes it has achieved in the Dravidian land in recent years. The saffron party is banking on Tamilisais relative popularity and down-to-earth personality besides a significant presence of Brahmins and an upwardly-mobile population to shake up Chennai South, which has predominantly favoured the DMK. Her primary battle is against DMKs incumbent MP and poet Thamizhachi Thangapandian. If Tamilisai translates to Tamil music, Thamizhachi means Tamil woman. Prior to kick-starting a fierce battle on the ground, Tamilisai and Thamizhachi shared a moment of camaraderie when they hugged each other after filing nomination papers around the same time on the same day. The campaign has since heated up. The DMK is making full use of its organisational strength to canvas votes. Tamilisai is compensating for the lack of an equivalent organisational capacity through an enthusiastic door-to-door campaign and personal interactions with the voters in a bid to endear herself as their Akka (sister). Her campaigns tagline is Akka vanthachu (sister has come). Chennai: Tamilisai-Thamizhachi hug, a breath of fresh air amid fierce campaigning Spirited Dravidian fight looms in South Chennai This puts Thamizhachi at a bit of a disadvantage as a fracture in her leg has forced her to campaign only from her vehicle. Moreover, she faces anti-incumbency from among a section of voters, especially due to her alleged inadequate presence in the field during the Chennai floods in December. However, the Tamil Nadu ruling partys campaign shows no lack of confidence and appears to be enthusiastic in the constituency. Meticulous planning and sizable crowds are on display at Thamizhachis campaign stops, aided by local strongman and minister Ma Subramanian and all of the DMKs alliance partners. BJP did not field Tamilisai from Thoothukudi fearing defeat: Kanimozhi Thamizhachi remains confident that Tamilisais candidacy hasnt made the going tough for her. I dont think her contesting in the seat has heated up the race. In our campaign, we can see people elated by the DMK government. We will win by a big margin, she told this newspaper. Apart from its traditional vote bank, especially among the working class population, the DMK derives its confidence from the tri-cornered nature of the contest, expected to result in a split of opposition votes in its favour. The third key party in the race is AIADMK, which had won the constituency thrice in the past. The principal opposition party in Tamil Nadu has fielded J Jayavardhan, who won here in 2014 but lost to Thamizhachi in 2019. Jayavardhan is relying on his track record as an MP and on having stayed in touch with the people even when he was not in power. Interestingly, in this electoral battle, BJPs jibe of DMK being a dynastic party finds little purchase as all three key candidates hail from political families. Tamilisai is the daughter of veteran Congress leader Kumari Anandan. Thamizhachi is the daughter of V Thangapandian, who was former revenue minister in the DMK government, and the sister of present finance minister Thangam Thennarasu. Jayavardhan is the son of AIADMKs prominent leader from Chennai and former minister D Jayakumar. The two Dravidian majors are framing this as a contest between themselves and they may be right. The BJP has contested in this constituency five times and lost its deposit thrice. The closest it came to a victory was when Jana Krishnamurthi, who later became BJP president, contested in 1998 as part of the AIADMK alliance and came runner-up by securing 45.9% votes. The second closest was when former BJP state president and present Nagaland Governor La Ganesan secured 24.1% votes in 2014 without the support of the two Dravidian majors, but aided by a few other regional parties in a multi-cornered contest and the huge anti-incumbency against Congress and DMK. Still, he came third. For Tamilisai, the drubbing she was handed by Kanimozhi Karunanidhi of DMK in the Thoothukudi constituency in 2019 is a thing of the past. After the time spent in Puducherry as L-G, she is determined to win this election. I have been a voter of this constituency for 40 years now. I dont think this constituency is a fort of DMK. We are receiving a good response from the people. We will create history by breaking into this supposed fort, she told this newspaper. She is hopeful of joining the star-studded list of past winners from the constituency, which includes DMK founder C N Annadurai, Congress leader T T Krishnamachari, former President R Venkatraman, former minister Murasoli Maran and actor and dancer Vyjayanthimala Bali. Tamilisai Soundararajan: The BJP candidate keeping the faith in Chennai South Dynastic party argument falls flat: In this electoral battle, BJPs jibe of DMK being a dynastic party finds hardly any buyer as all three key candidates hail from political families. Tamilisai is the daughter of veteran Congress leader Kumari Anandan Thamizhachi is the daughter of V Thangapandian, who was ex-revenue minister in DMK, and sister of finance minister Thangam Thennarasu

The New Indian Express 14 Apr 2024 7:28 am

PM Modi has changed the definition of politics: BJP chief JP Nadda

PM Modi has changed the definition of politics: BJP chief JP Nadda Bharatiya Janata Party president JP Nadda on Saturday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi changed the definition and culture of politics through his ideas and work. I am happy that PM Modi has either laid the foundation stones or inaugurated projects to the tune of fifty-five thousand crores for the Northeast. Modi ji has changed the culture, definition, style and approach of politics, Nadda said in Chumukeidma. Earlier, in a blow to the ruling alliance in the state, going into the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party leader James Kuotsu and former BJP leader Kidongam Panmei joined the Congress on Thursday in the presence of the party's state chief S Supongmeren Jamir. Kidongam Panmei, former executive member of the Ex-Service Cell and former General Secretary of the ST Morcha of the BJP state unit, and James Kuotsu, the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) leader, formally joined the Congress today in the presence of Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee president S Supongmeren Jamir, read a press statement issued by the Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee. Polling for the lone parliamentary constituency of Nagaland is scheduled to take place on April 19. The counting of votes has been scheduled for June 4. The ruling Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) won the 2019 Lok Sabha elections in the state, while the Naga Peoples Front (NPF) came out victors in the 2014 polls. (ANI)

devdiscourse 13 Apr 2024 11:27 pm

Himanta would have been nowhere without Congress: Jairam Ramesh

GUWAHATI: Senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh claimed that Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma would have been nowhere without the grand old party which had given him identity and position during its rule in the state. The Congress general secretary, in an interview with PTI here, claimed that Sarma was among the first to quit the grand old party when it lost power and join the washing machine of BJP. The Congress gave him identity and position, along with authority and responsibility, during the tenure of former chief minister Tarun Gogoi but he chose to betray the party when it was not in power. It is a matter of great sorrow that those given a responsible position turn out to be opportunists. But that has not shattered our self-confidence, he said. Opportunists leaving the Congress actually work in the party's favour, making way for ideologically committed youngsters, the Rajya Sabha MP said. Himanta says NDA facing no contest in first phase of Lok Sabha polls in Assam Terming Sarma's claim that Congressmen are quitting the party in hordes to join the BJP a psychological game, Ramesh said the party's state unit chief Bhupen Kumar Borah has given him a eply in the strongest possible language. Borah has filed a defamation case against Sarma for claiming that he would join the BJP soon. Ramesh claimed that if the Congress returns to power at the Centre, all regional parties and so-called regional satraps will return to our fold. I can assure you that there will be a reverse migration whether in Assam, Nagaland or Manipur. They will all return once the Congress-led INDIA government comes to power in Delhi, he claimed. Asked about filing of an FIR against Rahul Gandhi during Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra in Assam, Ramesh said he raised a very fundamental issue that while there is GST across the country; in Assam, additionally, there is HST, which is a service tax, in an apparent reference to the CM. The yatra received a massive response during its eight-day Assam leg, he said. Ramesh said Congress has fielded both young and energetic, as well as experienced candidates in Assam this election. Nagaon's sitting MP Pradyut Bordoloi is a very experienced parliamentarian. Jorhat candidate Gaurav Gogoi is the voice of the Congress in Lok Sabha and has spoken on foreign and defence policies. Congress brings communities together, BJP's '400' slogan is another jumla: Gaurav Gogoi In fact, he had opened the debate on the 2023 no-confidence motion on the Prime Minister's silence on Manipur, he said. It is important to recognise that what has been happening in Manipur in the last 11 months is only a trailer of what will happen in other parts of Northeast if the BJP and RSS are allowed to grow further in the region, the Rajya Sabha MP said. The BJP has already abrogated Article 370 and now, special provisions for northeastern states under Article 371 A, B, C, F, G and H for Nagaland, Assam, Manipur, Sikkim, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh respectively are under threat, he claimed. Ours is a land of great diversity and we have to protect it. While Congress stresses unity, the BJP seeks uniformity. This is a battle between those who want to strengthen unity by respecting diversity and those who want to impose artificial uniformity, Ramesh said. The Lok Sabha elections will be fought on economic issues, focusing on what the Prime Minister has done regarding price rise, income disparities, livelihood issues and protecting local culture, and not on what the BJP is creating hype about, he said. BJP leaders are masters of creating hype and playing psychological games to put pressure on the Congress. They have frozen our accounts and taken away Rs 300 crore donated by our supporters, not through electoral bonds, he claimed. The BJP got Rs 8,200 crore from electoral bonds, which is legalised corruption. It is an uneven playing field, no doubt, but we will be successful on the strength of our guarantee card and our commitments which people know we are going to fulfill, Ramesh asserted. INTERVIEW | 'Assam Congress will see mass exodus after LS polls': Himanta takes dig at Rahul Gandhi

The New Indian Express 13 Apr 2024 12:31 pm

Key Nagaland church body says BJP promoting right wing extremism, Modis Manipur claim illogical ThePrint

Key Nagaland church body says BJP promoting right wing extremism, Modis Manipur claim illogicalThePrint

Manipur 13 Apr 2024 9:54 am

Nagaland govt did not give its views to Centre on Nagaland Territory: ENPO

HT Correspondent DIMAPUR, April 12: The Eastern Nagaland Peoples Organisation (ENPO) said the people of eastern Nagaland have decided to abstain from the Lok Sabha elections as the Nagaland government did not give its comments on the highlights of the draft memorandum of settlement for Frontier Nagaland Territory to the government of India, stalling the []

thehillstimes 13 Apr 2024 6:00 am

First Phase of Lok Sabha Election 2024: These Schools to Shut in State-wise and UTs on April 19

With the Lok Sabha Election 2024 just around the corner, preparations are ramping up for the initial phase of voting scheduled for April 19th. In light of this, schools and colleges in various states and union territories across India will remain closed on that day to accommodate the voting process and prioritize the safety of students. The Election Commission of India (ECI) has unveiled the election timetable, with voting set to occur in seven phases. The voting dates are slated for April 19, April 26, May 7, May 13, May 20, May 25, and June 1, with the vote count scheduled for June 4. To facilitate the smooth conduct of the elections, schools and colleges serving as polling stations will be shut on the respective polling dates. This temporary closure enables the setup of voting booths and ensures an orderly voting procedure. Moreover, in areas deemed sensitive, schools and colleges may close a few days ahead of the election to safeguard student well-being. The first phase of voting on April 19 will encompass 102 seats spread across 21 states and union territories. Below is a breakdown of the states and union territories where educational institutions will be closed on April 19th: Andhra Pradesh: 2 seats, Assam: 5 seats, Bihar: 4 seats, Chhattisgarh: 1 seat, Madhya Pradesh: 6 seats, Maharashtra: 5 seats, Manipur: 2 seats, Meghalaya: 2 seats, Mizoram: 1 seat, Nagaland: 1 seat, Rajasthan: 12 seats, Sikkim: 1 seat, Tamil Nadu: 39 seats, Tripura: 1 seat, Uttar Pradesh: 8 seats, Uttarakhand: 5 seats, West Bengal: 3 seats, Andaman and Nicobar Islands: 1 seat, Jammu & Kashmir: 1 seat, Lakshadweep: 1 seat, Puducherry: 1 seat. This proactive measure aims to ensure a seamless and secure voting process during the Lok Sabha Election 2024. Read More: BJP Strengthens Grip in Madhya Pradesh Amid Congress Exodus PM Modi Set to Address Rally in Udhampur; Amit Shah to Campaign in Karaikudi Kejriwal Alleges Politically Motivated Arrest After Lok Sabha Poll Schedule Declaration, Appeals to SC

News Track 12 Apr 2024 2:12 pm

NDPP leader, former BJP member join Congress ahead of Lok Sabha Elections 2024

Voting for the lone parliamentary constituency of Nagaland for Lok Sabha Elections 2024 is scheduled to take place on April 19.

Mid Day 12 Apr 2024 8:48 am

Nagaland: NDPP leader, former BJP member join Congress ahead of LS polls

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The News Mill 12 Apr 2024 8:04 am

Nagaland CEO issues show cause notice to Dy CM Patton

HT Correspondent DIMAPUR, April 10: Nagaland chief electoral officer (CEO) Vysan R on Tuesday issued a show-cause notice to deputy chief minister Y Patton relating to his recent speech at an election rally in Wokha. The CEO issued the notice after viewing a video of Patton, star campaigner for the BJP in the Lok Sabha []

thehillstimes 11 Apr 2024 6:25 am

BJP govt pursuing 'bluff and rule' policy, claims Jairam Ramesh

Senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh on Wednesday alleged that the BJP government at the Centre has been pursuing the policy of 'bluff and rule', besides maintaining the 'divide and rule' strategy of the British. Prime Minister Narendra Modi made several promises to the people of Nagaland about solving the Naga political issue but those were not kept, Ramesh alleged in a press conference at Kohima.

The Economic Times 10 Apr 2024 10:37 pm

BJP govt pursuing bluff and rule policy, claims Jairam Ramesh

Kohima: Senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh on Wednesday alleged that the BJP government at the Centre has been pursuing the policy of bluff and rule, besides maintaining the divide and rule strategy of the British. Prime Minister Narendra Modi made several promises to the people of Nagaland about solving the Naga political issue but those 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 10 Apr 2024 7:12 pm

Tissue sample transported via drone mid-surgery for the first time: ICMR study

Tissue sample transported via drone mid-surgery for the first time: ICMR study A piece of tissue sample was transported via drone from a peripheral hospital for advanced pathological testing at a tertiary setting, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said on Wednesday. The demonstration was conducted to decide whether the resected tissue was cancerous or not. According to ICMR, the approach reduces the time of transporting the tissue sample from 60 minutes to 16 minutes which can enable faster decisions during surgery. Next milestone achieved in healthcare delivery via drone! Tissue sample transported mid-surgery from a peripheral hospital for Advanced pathological testing at the tertiary setting for deciding if the resected tissue is cancerous or not, ICMR posted on social media platform X. Reducing time from 60 minutes to 16 minutes (37 km) this innovative approach would enable faster decisions during surgery and improved access to high-level health care for patients in peripheral hospitals, it added. The drone carried Onco-pathological samples from Dr TMA PAI Rotary Hospital, Karkala to Kasturba Medical College, MAHE, Manipal. Notably, the demonstation as part of a path-breaking validation study has been undertaken for the first time in the country by the collaborative efforts of ICMR, Kasturba Medical College (KMC), Manipal and Dr TMA PAI Rotary Hospital, Karkala, the ICMR statement read. During its inaugural flight, the drone efficiently transported intraoperative surgical biospecimens surgically excised (laparoscopic Appendicectomy, duration: 45 minutes) from the patient from Dr TMA Pai Hospital, Karkala to Kasturba Medical College, Manipal Academy of Higher Education Manipal (Tertiary Care Hospital), covering a distance of about 37 kilometres in 15-20 minutes, which take around 50-60 minutes by road. Upon arrival, the sample was promptly analyzed, and the report was electronically conveyed back to the peripheral hospital. Subsequently, the surgeon proceeded with the surgery based on the received report. The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has been a pioneer in using drones for healthcare purposes and successfully conducted the delivery of medical supplies, vaccines, and medicines in remote areas of Himachal Pradesh, Manipur and Nagaland, blood bag delivery in Delhi National Capital Region (NCR) under its i-DRONE initiative, the statement added. Highlighting the significance of the event, Rajiv Bahl, the Secretary of the Department of Health Research (DHR) and Director General, ICMR emphasized that the 'i-DRONE' initiative was initially utilized during the Covid-19 pandemic by ICMR for distributing vaccines to inaccessible areas. Professor Atul Goel, Director General of Health Services (DGHS), said that the study holds significant relevance for the Indian context as it can serve effectively in challenging geographical terrains, benefiting the Indian population, while also bolstering India's healthcare infrastructure. Following the demonstration, Dr Sumit Aggarwal, scientist and program officer, Division of Epidemiology and Communicable Diseases, ICMR, told ANI, Expanding avenues for accessible and cost-effective healthcare delivery in peripheral hospitals, while pioneering insights for future organ transportation via drones. Leveraging rapid pathological reporting, reducing turnaround time from 100 to 45 minutes by road transport. Samples sent during surgery, enabling real-time reporting to surgeons, enhancing patient care. (ANI)

devdiscourse 10 Apr 2024 7:12 pm

Congress prioritizes unity while BJP pushes for artificial uniformity: Jairam Ramesh

Congress prioritizes unity while BJP pushes for artificial uniformity: Jairam Ramesh Senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh on Tuesday said that the party is committed to ''unity'' while the BJP wants ''artificial uniformity''. Addressing media persons here at Congress Bhavan in Dimapur, the AICC general secretary, who arrived in the state during the day to campaign for Congress candidate S Supongmeren Jamir, said the 2024 elections will be the most important one for the people of the country as it will be a ''battle between unity and uniformity''. The Congress wants to strengthen unity by celebrating the country's diversity while the BJP and its allies want to impose artificial uniformity, he said. Article 371 (A) was included in the Constitution of India in 1963 when the state of Nagaland was formed, he said, adding that the Article that provides special provisions for Nagaland will ''come under attack as the BJP had removed Article 370 from the Constitution that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir. The framework agreement was signed between the Government of India and the NSCN-IM in 2015. However, nine years have gone by and we still dont know the details of the agreement. The BJP promised during the assembly polls that the election is for a solution but till today there is no solution only confusion and they have fooled the people of Nagaland, he said. With all the 60 MLAs joining the government in the state, he wondered if this was democracy. The only party keeping democracy in Nagaland and in the country is the Indian National Congress and we will never compromise with BJP. The election is for the future of the democracy, he said. Maintaining that the party believes that all regions of Nagaland must see development and the political aspirations of the people of Nagaland must be fulfilled, he said, adding that ''imbalance in development must be addressed''. Regions in every state feel left out of the government, which is a reflection of bad governance. We must balance regional development between states and balance regional development within the state, he said. Expressing that the ''election in India is not a beauty contest for selecting the prime minister'', he said the election is between political parties, party ideologies, and programmes. Ours is not an individual-centric democracy but party-centric. When we get the mandate, all parties will sit together and select the prime minister, he said. Ramesh expressed confidence that the Congress and its allies INDIA will get a clear majority in the Lok Sabha polls.

devdiscourse 10 Apr 2024 1:01 am

Health Tips: Know Problems due to high BP!

You must be aware of the increasing blood pressure i.e. high blood pressure. This is the 'silent killer' that attacks your health secretly and before you realize it, it is too late. But do you know that 30 percent of people in India aged between 18 to 54 years never got their blood pressure checked? Yes, this shocking revelation has been made in a recent report by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). A new study conducted by the National Center for Disease Informatics and Research (ICMR-NCDIR) of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) finds that 30% of people aged 18 to 54 in India have never had their blood pressure measured. Is. This study has recently been published in the International Journal of Public Health. Results of the study: According to the study, the situation is slightly better in the states of South India. 76% of the people there have measured their blood pressure at some point or the other. Among these, Lakshadweep (91%), Kerala (89%), Tamil Nadu (83%) and Puducherry (83%) are at the forefront. At the same time, in North India, this figure is only 70%. Additionally, fewer people have their blood pressure measured in Madhya Pradesh (62.4%) and Chhattisgarh (62%), while the situation is similar in Odisha (56%) and Jharkhand (60%). The same has been seen in Gujarat (58%) in the west and Nagaland (58%) in the northeast. Problems due to high BP: According to the American Heart Association (AHA), high blood pressure means that the blood flow in the veins is fast. Doctors say that high blood pressure can cause serious diseases like heart attack, brain stroke, and kidney damage in the long run. The study also found that the rate of pre-hypertension (early high blood pressure) in the country is up to 34% in different districts. Pre-hypertension is a condition where blood pressure is slightly higher than normal but does not yet fall into the category of high blood pressure. Get your BP checked regularly. This study indicates that people in India need to increase their health awareness. It is very important to get blood pressure checked regularly, especially for people above 40 years of age. Also, the risk of high blood pressure can be reduced by adopting a healthy lifestyle. Photo Credits; Google

Kalam Times 9 Apr 2024 6:53 pm

Manipur is just trailer of what BJP-RSS will do to Northeast: Congress Jairam Ramesh says in Dimapur Nagaland Tribune

Manipur is just trailer of what BJP-RSS will do to Northeast: Congress Jairam Ramesh says in DimapurNagaland Tribune

Manipur 9 Apr 2024 6:51 pm

NPCC launches donate for Congress campaign

HT correspondent DIMAPUR, April 8: The Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) on Monday launched the donate for Congress campaign, a crowd-funding initiative, towards the electoral campaign fund of party candidate S Supongmeren Jamir for the Nagaland Lok Sabha constituency. Launching the campaign, the NPCC said the freezing of accounts of the Congress Party is not []

thehillstimes 9 Apr 2024 6:45 am

Lok Sabha Election Phase 1 2024: List of states, UTs where schools will be closed on 19th April

The Lok Sabha Elections of 2024 are scheduled to commence on April 19, spanning seven phases and concluding on June 1, 2024. Phase 1, beginning on April 19, will witness voting across 21 states and union territories for a total of 102 seats. Schools and colleges typically close during elections to facilitate the voting process and ensure student safety. The first phase will see votes cast for seats in states like Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, West Bengal, and union territories like Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Jammu & Kashmir, Lakshadweep, and Puducherry.

The Times of India 8 Apr 2024 5:13 pm

Remembering Valour Day: Honoring Courage and Sacrifice, All You Need To Know

Every year, on April 9th, the nation observes Valour Day to pay homage to the extraordinary courage, unwavering determination, and selfless sacrifice displayed by the brave soldiers of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF). This day holds profound significance as it commemorates the valiant stand taken by two companies of CRPF on April 9th, 1965, at Sardar Post in the Rann of Kutch, Gujarat, against a meticulously planned assault by the Pakistani Army. The Battle of Sardar Post stands as a testament to the indomitable spirit of the Indian forces in the face of adversity. Despite being outnumbered and facing a full-fledged brigade attack, the CRPF soldiers exhibited unparalleled bravery and resilience. Their resolute defense thwarted the enemy's advances, inflicting heavy casualties on the opposing forces. In the heat of the battle, 34 Pakistani soldiers were neutralized, and four were captured alive, underscoring the valor and tactical prowess of the CRPF personnel. Tragically, six bravehearts of the CRPF made the ultimate sacrifice, laying down their lives in the service of the nation. Their supreme sacrifice serves as a reminder of the inherent risks faced by those who stand guard to protect the sovereignty and integrity of the country. Since its inception, the CRPF has remained at the forefront of safeguarding the nation's interests, confronting various internal and external threats with unwavering resolve. With a total of 2,249 supreme sacrifices made in the line of duty and 2,469 gallantry medals awarded to its personnel, the CRPF has earned a reputation for its steadfast commitment to duty and exemplary service. The legacy of the Battle of Sardar Post continues to inspire generations of CRPF personnel, instilling in them the values of courage, dedication, and selflessness. As custodians of peace and guardians of the nation, the CRPF remains steadfast in its mission, upholding the golden principles of service and loyalty. On Valour Day, let us remember and honor the brave souls who laid down their lives for the country, and reaffirm our commitment to supporting and honoring the sacrifices made by our armed forces. Their valor and sacrifice shall forever be etched in the annals of history, serving as a beacon of hope and inspiration for generations to come. Ministry of Home Affairs Extends AFSPA in Nagaland Districts and Police Stations

News Track 8 Apr 2024 3:10 pm

Many parts in north-west to get relief from sweltering heat

NEW DELHI: Rainfall and thunderstorms will likely bring temporary respite in several parts of the country, especially East, Central and Peninsular India, that have been reeling under heat wave for the past week. The region is set to receive moderate rainfall accompanied by thunderstorms, gusty winds and hail storms. The India Meteorological Department (IMD), however, has warned of damage to plantation, horticulture and standing crops. Besides, the season is known for significant lightning incidents causing loss of human and animal lives in the open. Moreover, two back-to-back Western Disturbances are expected to bring light snowfall on the higher altitudes of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, and moderate rainfall in the Northwest region from April 10 and another from April 13. Notably, the central wheat crop belt, Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and Western UP, will start wheat harvest from the second week of April. However, widespread rainfall with thunderstorms and lightning will likely damage ready-to-harvest crops. In the meantime, heatwave-like conditions will likely prevail in isolated pockets of North Tamil Nadu, South Coastal Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Interior Karnataka. The hot and humid weather will likely prevail over Kerala Mahe, coastal Gujarat, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. A cyclonic circulation lies over east Assam in lower tropospheric levels, which will likely bring widespread moderate rainfall in the plains and snowfall in higher altitudes over Arunachal Pradesh this week, the weather office observed. The rainfall will accompany thunderstorms and lightning over sub-Himalayan West Bengal, Sikkim, Assam and Meghalaya and Nagaland, Manipur and Mizoram. A trough runs from interior Odisha to north Tamil Nadu across Chhattisgarh, Vidarbha and interior Karnataka in lower tropospheric levels will bring widespread moderate rainfall in sweltering Odisha, Madhya Pradesh Chhattisgarh, among other parts. Wheat harvest from April The central wheat crop belt, Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and Western UP, will start wheat harvest from the second week of April. However, widespread rainfall with thunderstorms and lightning will likely damage ready-to-harvest crops.In the meantime, heatwave-like conditions will likely prevail in isolated pockets of North Tamil Nadu, South Coastal Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

The New Indian Express 8 Apr 2024 8:29 am

Delhi: Stolen car of Naddas wife found, three held

NEW DELHI: The car of BJP national president JP Naddas wife, Mallika Nadda, which was stolen from a service centre in Delhis Govindpuri area, was recovered by the Delhi Police from Varanasi and the three suspected thieves were arrested, an official said on Sunday. As per police, the accused, identified as Shivansh Tripathi (23), Saleem (34), and Mohd Raees a.k.a Pappu (33), all residents of Uttar Pradesh, were planning to sell the car in Nagaland. The arrest came after Joginder Singh, the driver of the Fortuner, on March 19, lodged a complaint with Govindpuri Police Station in which he reported theft of the SUV from Giri Nagar in the area. Deputy Commissioner of Police (southeast) Rajesh Deo said, during the probe, the police team assigned to crack the case analysed several CCTV cameras. Following the trail, they reached Badkhal in Faridabad, Haryana, where specific clues about the involvement of habitual auto lifter Shahid and Tripathi were found. On March 22, Tripathi was apprehended from the vicinity of Patiala House Court. He confessed to having committed the crime along with Shahid, his son-in-law Farooq, one Shahkul, the DCP said.

The New Indian Express 8 Apr 2024 8:10 am