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EC files FIR against UP man for false VVPAT | India News – Times of India

LUCKNOW: The Election Commission has lodged an FIR against a man in UP's Azamgarh for falsely claiming that his VVPAT slip was different from the party he had voted for in Saturday's polls. The action followed a video-graphed "test vote" that debunked the claim.Poll officials initially told Arvind Rajbhar (25) that he had a misunderstanding, but he stuck to his stand. "The test vote was then conducted in front of all agents and VVPAT remained the same. The entire procedure was recorded as evidence," UP chief electoral officer Navdeep Rinwa said.Rajbhar was later handed over to police, followed by an FIR under IPC Section 177. This pertains to furnishing false information to a public servant. In earlier poll phases, at least three voters in UP's Kheri and Mohanlalganj alleged in videos t...
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TMC worker killed in Bengal on eve of polls, violence hits East & West Midnapore district | India News – Times of India

Bengal witnessed polling at a brisker pace till 5pm on Saturday in the penultimate phase, compared to the earlier ones, but it was marred by the poll-eve murder of a Trinamool Congress worker in East Midnapore's Mahisadal and a near fatal attack on another in Moyna in the same district. Despite sporadic incidents of violence, mostly in the traditionally volatile belts of East and West Midnapore, average turnout in the eight seats that voted in the sixth phase was 78% till 5pm.The final figures will show an uptick, EC said.The attacks on TMC workers spurred poll-day demonstrations against BJP candidates Hiran (Ghatal), Agnimitra Paul (Midnapore) and Abijit Ganguly (Tamluk) at multiple places in Keshpur and Egra.Around 3pm, violence erupted outside a booth in Garbeta under Jhargram LS con...
Culture

The politics of reservation

Rahul Gandhi totes a slim little red book on stage these days. It’s the Constitution of India—the coat pocket edition of Eastern Book Company familiar to young lawyers. Holding it up, the Congress leader, who turns 54 exactly 15 days after the Lok Sabha results come out on June 4, vows to protect it. His language is an ingenious mix of the late Kanshi Ram and the Occupy movement—two sources that seem unlikely only at first glance. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, blending gravity of tone with animated emphasis like only he can, mouths his own refrain these days. “I’ll protect the Constitution with my life,” as he said in his india today interview on May 17. Why are the two opposite sides, locked in mortal combat in a hotly contested election, promising the same thing? It’s to do with some...
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Election 2024 | The Muslim factor

Samajwadi Party leader Maria Alam, niece of veteran Congress leader and former Union law minister Salman Khurshid, addressing a gathering on April 29 in Farrukhabad in Uttar Pradesh, urged Muslim voters in India to wage a “vote jihad” against the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government. In an election already riven by a Hindu-Muslim binary, this statement sparked another row, bringing the Muslim voter once again to the centre stage. Source link
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Srinagar set for polls today, first after 370 scrapping | India News – Times of India

SRINAGAR: Srinagar-Ganderbal LS seat will vote Monday in the first J&K polls since the Aug 2019 abrogation of Article 370.Srinagar will be the first of Valley’s three constituencies to go to the ballot. Two dozen candidates are in the fray. But the contest is largely three-cornered among National Conference’s (NC) Aga Ruhulla, PDP’s Waheed Para and Apni Party’s Ashraf Mir.BJP has not fielded any candidate in Srinagar, nor in the other two Valley LS seats, Baramulla and Anantnag-Rajouri.NC’s Farooq Abdullah had won the seat in 2019 but he opted out this time. The 2019 elections saw low participation, logging one of the lowest turnouts in comparison to the preceding three elections. The average in these LS polls barely crossed 40%, often due to threats from terrorists and calls of boy...
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She voters | The silent revolution

It was a tiny sliver—a mere 0.16 percentage points—but it became the biggest story of the 2019 general election. That year, for the first time in India’s parliamentary history, the turnout of women voters (67.18 per cent) exceeded that for men (67.02), reversing the gender gap. It was a small step, but it made Indian women equal arbiters of the nation’s political destiny. And the tide is only rising. This election, there has been a 7.5 per cent increase in the number of registered women voters, to 471 million from 438 million in 2019, higher than the five per cent for men. It will include 8.5 million first-time women voters, or those who have attained voting age. The gender elector ratio, or the number of women per 1,000 men, too, has gone up, to 948 from 926 in the previous election. ...
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What women want

While political parties give them schemes and promises based on their gendered roles, women across the country tell INDIA TODAY what they really expect—jobs, education, development—the same things that men desireISSUE DATE: May 20, 2024 | UPDATED: May 11, 2024 06:18 IST Source link
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Swing States | The Big Battle for Survival

A battle of epic proportions is on in election 2024 even as voting for the 543 seats of the Lok Sabha crosses the midway mark on May 7. And it’s playing out in three theatres of war—Maharashtra, West Bengal and Bihar. Collectively, they may contribute only a fourth to the total parliamentary strength, but the outcome in these three states will have far-reaching consequences for the nation. It will, for instance, determine whether the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) cruises to a third consecutive majority, or huffs and puffs its way across the finish line. It is also a battle of survival for the regional satraps, who pose a formidable challenge to the dominance the BJP is striving for. They are what stands between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his place in history but, if they fa...
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Maharashtra | Who will win the Mahayuddh?

Jamlelya deshbhakta bandhawano, bhaginino aani maatanoâ€æ” The words ring out from a stage in Solapur, the textile town once known as the Manchester of Maharashtra. Rendered in English—“All my patriotic brothers, sisters and mothers gathered here”—it has all the grandiose air of one who has come to bury a Caesar, albeit in a different way. The speaker is a tall, lanky, bespectacled man—rather more bookish-looking than his flamboyant father. Uddhav Thackeray’s chosen form of address too is a departure from what orators from his stable have deployed over the years: the usual Shiv Sena invocation is to ‘Hindus’. It’s not just that Solapur has a significant Muslim population. The adjustment in vocabulary is in sync with the 180-degree turn Maharashtra’s politics has undergone over the past...
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Lok Sabha 2024 | Why Gen V matters

On April 11, just eight days before Indians go to vote in the first phase of the 2024 general election, social media was populated with a video of Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacting with seven top gaming influencers of the country. Recorded in March at his official residence, the video showed the prime minister engaging with the young gamers, whose average age was 25, even telling them how he could use some of their “gaming lingo” in his speeches. On another occasion, on March 7, during the presentation of the newly created National Creators Award for online content creators, Modi traded some friendly banter with some of the country’s biggest social media influencers—Ranveer Allahbadia, Shraddha Jain and Kamiya Jani. Allahbadia and Jani, in fact, have also streamed interviews of ...
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Tamil Nadu | A formidable front

Will the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) again be the third-largest party, behind the BJP and the Congress, in the 18th Lok Sabha? It’s a question that’s being bandied about in Tamil Nadu a lot these days as the state braces to vote in the first phase of the general election on April 19. The ruling DMK faces a different challenge this time, considering that rivals All India Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) and the BJP have forged separate alliances, unlike in 2019, to make it a triangular contest. The Tamil nationalist Naam Thamizhar Katchi (NTK) makes the contest, at least on paper, a quadrangular one. NTK had almost 7 per cent vote share in the 2021 assembly polls, finding favour among the younger voters. The party didn’t win any seats, but proved it could upset outcomes in close f...