Karnataka: The Janata Dal (Secular) on Sunday suspended its eight MLAs over allegations of cross voting in the Rajya Sabha elections. The JD (S) suffered a humiliating blow with eight of its MLAs cross voting in favour of the Congress. Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Congress' Jairam Ramesh, Oscar Fernandes and K.C. Ramamurthy on Saturday won the Rajya Sabha seats from Karnataka in the biennial elections. In a loss of face, eight JD(S) MLAs defied the party whip voting against party candidate businessman B M Farooq and supported Congress. Farooq secured 33 votes against the party's strength of 40. Out of the 58 seats that fell vacant in the Upper House this summer, the NDA has now won 23, improving upon the 18 seats it held earlier. The Congress, which held 15 of these seats, now has nine. … [Read more...] about Red faced JD (S) suspends eight MLAs for cross voting in RS elections
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Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora again spoke of the contentious ‘One Nation One Poll’ idea in Ahmedabad on Saturday (November 16), saying that even though the Election Commission would “prefer it”, but he did not see it “happening very shortly”. “Yes, we would also prefer it (simultaneous elections to Lok Sabha and state legislative Assemblies). And this is not a bureaucratic statement, just saying we agree in principle, etc.,” Arora said. “However, it is for the political parties to sit together and evolve some consensus. Do the requisite amendments in the law, so that (poll) cycle can be brought together. Unless this is done, it is a good thing to talk at seminars, but it is not happening very shortly.” ‘One Nation One Poll’ (or ‘One Country, One Election’) has been a pet idea of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s, one that he has repeatedly pushed. Soon after being reelected in the summer, … [Read more...] about Explained: Why does CEC say simultaneous LS and Assembly polls won’t happen soon?
Bharatiya Janata Party candidate Bharati Ghosh was attacked in West Bengal and a poll officer was allegedly beaten up by an MLA of the saffron party in Uttar Pradesh during the Lok Sabha poll’s sixth and penultimate phase on Sunday in which over 63 per cent turnout was recorded in 59 seats across six states and the national capital.Elections were held in 14 seats in Uttar Pradesh, 10 seats in Haryana, eight constituencies each in Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal, four in Jharkhand and seven seats in Delhi where votes were cast by a number of public figures, including President Ram Nath Kovind, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, United Progressive Alliance chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. With Sunday’s polling, votes have already been cast in nearly 89 per cent of the 543 constituencies, while the last phase of voting will take place on May 19 for the remaining 59 seats. The Election Commission announced … [Read more...] about Penultimate phase of LS polls ends with 63% voting
New Delhi: Better employment opportunities, better healthcare and drinking water are the top priorities for the voters at the all-India level, as per a survey by the Association of Democratic Reforms (ADR). According to the All India Survey 2018, in all the 10 areas that were the priority for the voters, the government's rating was "below average". "The significance of better employment opportunities as voters' highest priority has increased by 56.67 per cent from 30 per cent in 2017 to 47 per cent in 2018. At the same time, the performance of the government on this issue declined from 3.17 to 2.15 on a scale of five," the ADR survey noted. The three main objectives of the ADR survey were to identify voters' priorities on specific governance issues, voters ratings of the government's performance on those issues, and factors affecting the voting behaviour. According to the survey, better employment opportunities (46.80 per cent), better healthcare (34.60 per cent) and drinking … [Read more...] about Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Jobs, healthcare, drinking water top priorities for voters, says ADR survey
RANCHI: The Congress has decided not to field its own candidate against the BJP from the much contentious seat of Ranchi in the upcoming assembly election in Jharkhand, scheduled to take place in five phases. Instead, Congress's ally Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) has been given the prestigious seat of Ranchi. JMM leader Mahua Maji will be contesting against BJP leader CP Singh. Notably, BJP has won from Ranchi's seat for six consecutive times in state assembly elections. Live TV According to reports, Congress has also faced opposition from its party workers over its decision of leaving the Ranchi seat. In the 2014 Jharkhand assembly election, JMM had nominated Mahua Majhi only as its candidate from Ranchi constituency. She was defeated by BJP leader CP them Singh by a margin of 59,000 votes. In the 2014 assembly election, Congress candidate Surendra Singh had got only 7,935 votes from Ranchi seat, and he also lost his deposit. The Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM), the Congress and Lalu … [Read more...] about Jharkhand assembly election: Congress takes a backseat in Ranchi, fields JMM member against BJP