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Panchayat Polls: 7959 candidates in fray for Phase-VIII, IX

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JAMMU, DEC 05: For the final two phases of the extended 9-Phase Panchayat Polls,7959 candidates are in the fray. Voting and counting for the last two phases will be held on 8th and 11th December.
According to the Chief Electoral Officer, J&K, Shaleen Kabra, for penultimate Phase-VIII, 1333 candidates are in the fray for 483 Sarpanch Halqas and 5695 candidates for 3860 Panch wards across the State. Voting and counting for Phase-VIII is scheduled be held on 8th December 2018.
Giving district-wise details, Kabra said Phase-VIII, 105 candidates are in the fray for 39 Sarpanch Halqas and 461 candidates for 321 Panch wards in district Kupwara; 10 candidates for 22 Sarpanch Halqas and 64 for 196 PanchHalqas in district Bandipora; 71 candidates for 42 Sarpanch Halqas and 285 for 366 PanchHalqas in district Baramulla; 3 candidates for 7 Sarpanch Halqas and 4 for 59 Panch wards in district Srinagar; 13 candidates for 40 Sarpanch Halqas and 37 for 315 Panch wards in district Budgam; 9 candidates for 29 Sarpanch Halqas and 25 for 231 Panch wards in district Pulwama; 4 candidates for 11 Sarpanch Halqas and 11 for 95 Panch wards in district Shopian; 4 candidates for 23 Sarpanch Halqas and 5 for 177 Panch wards in district Kulgam; 205 candidates for 55 Sarpanch Halqas and 894 for 431 Panch wards in district Reasi; 223 candidates for 52 Sarpanch Halqas and 896 for 384 Panch wards in district Kathua; 157 candidates for 35 Sarpanch Halqas and 709 for 285 Panch wards in district Samba; 404 candidates for 96 Sarpanch Halqas and 1771 for 758 Panch wards in district Jammu and 125 candidates for 32 Sarpanch Halqas and 533 for 242 Panch wards in district Rajouri.
For the Phase-IX, which is the final phase of the Panchayat Polls, Kabra said, 210 candidates are in the fray for 236 Sarpanch Halqas and 721 candidates for 1904 Panch wards across the State. Voting and counting for Phase-IX is scheduled be held on 11th December 2018.
Giving district-wise details, Kabra said, for Phase-IX, 78 candidates are in the fray for 33 Sarpanch Halqas and 311 candidates for 291 Panch wards in district Kupwara; 21 candidates for 14 Sarpanch Halqas and 88 for 100 PanchHalqas in district Bandipora; 30 candidates for 45 Sarpanch Halqas and 73 for 383 PanchHalqas in district Baramulla; 17 candidates for 13 Sarpanch Halqas and 34 for 109 Panch wards in district Ganderbal; 16 candidates for 39 Sarpanch Halqas and 68 for 319 Panch wards in district Budgam; 7 candidates for 39 Sarpanch Halqas and 9 for 309 Panch wards in district Pulwama; 4 candidates for 11 Sarpanch Halqas and 16 for 89 Panch wards in district Shopian; 5 candidates for 23 Sarpanch Halqas and 11 for 167 Panch wards in district Kulgam and 32 candidates for 19 Sarpanch Halqas and 111 for 137 Panch wards in district Anantnag.
He said first 7 Phases of the Panchayat Polls have passed off smoothly and peacefully with good participation.
In Phase-VII held on December 4, overall poll percentage of 75.3% was witnessed across the State with 84.8% polling in Jammu division and 30.3% in Kashmir division.In Phase-VI overall poll percentage of 76.9% was recorded including 17.3% in Kashmir division and 84.6% in Jammu division.In Phase-V poll percentage of 71.1% was witnessed across the State with 85.2% polling in Jammu division and 33.7% in Kashmir division.In Phase-IV JK witnessed 71.3% voting with 82.4% electors exercising their franchise in Jammu division and 32.3% in Kashmir division.In Phase-III, the State witnessed a poll percentage of 75.2% including 55.7% in Kashmir division and 83.0% in Jammu division.In Phase-II overall 71.1% polling was witnessed across the State with 80.4% polling in Jammu division and 52.2% in Kashmir division and in Phase-I 74.1% polling was recorded including 64.5% in Kashmir division and 79.4% in Jammu division.


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Clear message to Modi that people are unhappy

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New Delhi, Dec 11: Buoyed by Congress’ resurgence, party president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said the assembly poll outcome is a “clear message” to the Modi government that people are not happy with it and time has come for a change while asserting that his party will also win in 2019.
Prime Minister Narender Modi got a massive mandate but refused to listen to “heartbeat of the country”, Gandhi noted, and said there are serious questions being asked about the future of country’s youngsters as there was a sense of discontentment and inability to see the future.
Thanking people and party workers for party’s good performance in three states of Rajasthan, Chhatisgarh and Madhya Pradesh, he said, “It’s now time for change. We are going to provide these three states with a vision for overall development”. However, he added that they would have liked to do better in Telangana.
Hitting at the BJP for its often-stated remark of Congress-mukt (Congress-free) Bharat, Gandhi said,”the BJP has a certain ideology and we will fight against it. We have won this elections, we will also win in 2019. However, we do not want to get rid of anyone, ‘hum kisikomuktnahikarnachahtein’.”
Asked about the selection of chief ministers in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, he said there will not be any issue and it will be done smoothly.
There is a clear message to Prime Minister Modi that people are not happy with his decisions, including demonetisation and those pertaining to farmers and youth, he said, adding the BJP has failed to provide a vision for the country going forward.
Asserting that the process of loan waiver for farmers will start as soon as Congress governments are formed, he, however, said the loan waiver is a measure, not a solution to farmers’ distress.
Gandhi was named to lead the Congress exactly a year ago and took over the charge from his mother Sonia Gandhi a few days later.
Rahul Gandhi also praised Congress workers and likened them to ‘babbarsher’ (lions).

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Accept people’s mandate with humility: PM Modi

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New Delhi, Dec 11: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday congratulated the Congress, Telangana’s K CHandrashekarRao and the Mizo National Front for their victories.

He tweeted: “We accept the people’s mandate with humility. I thank the people of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan for giving us the opportunity to serve these states. The BJP Governments in these states worked tirelessly for the welfare of the people.

“Congratulations to the Congress for their victories. Congratulations to KCR Garu for the thumping win in Telangana and to the Mizo National Front (MNF) for their impressive victory in Mizoram,” he added.

The BJP has suffered serious reverses in the heartland states of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh at the hands of the Congress. In Telangana and Mizoram, its performance has been dismal, despite high hopes of a good showing.

“Victory and defeat are an integral part of life. Today’s results will further our resolve to serve people and work even harder for the development of India,” he said in another tweet

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‘Winds of change’ will bring good days to JK: Farooq

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Srinagar, Dec 11:National Conference president and former J&K chief minister Farooq Abdullah Tuesday said that BJP’s defeat in the Assembly polls were the “winds of change” that will bring “good days to Jammu and Kashmir.

Exuding confidence that the poll results in five states of India will have a good bearing on all the three regions of Jammu and Kashmir, Abdullah, as per KNS, said: “I believe winds of change will bring good days to the people of Jammu and Kashmir also.”

“Using the name of ‘Bhagwan Ram’ for winning elections has collapsed BJP. People have rejected Mandir-Masjid politics and upheld secular politics in the country. For four years they didn’t remember a temple to be built in the name of “Bhagwan Ram” but in election time they remember ‘Bhagwan Ram’,” he said.

Farooq added: “People have voted against betrayal of promises, be it GST, demonetization or any other policy decision taken during last four years. The value of Indian rupee has gone down, commitment of transferring fifty lakhs in the bank accounts of people and demonetization are the factors that have contributed to the defeat of BJP in the five states.”

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