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‘EVMs In India Are A Black Box’: Rahul Gandhi Seconds Elon Musk’s Concerns Amid Fresh Debate

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi raised serious concerns over the transparency of India's electoral process on Sunday, criticising Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) as opaque systems that lack scrutiny. Gandhi’s comments come amidst a debate on the integrity of EVMs in elections in India and now abroad with Tesla and X CEO Elon Musk calling for a ban on the devices in the context of US Presidential elections as well as recent irregularities reported in Puerto Rico polls. "EVMs in India are a black box which nobody is allowed to scrutinise them. Serious concerns are being raised about transparency in our electoral process. Democracy ends up becoming a sham and prone to fraud when institutions lack accountability," Gandhi asserted, sharing a media report on so...
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Did BSP dent SP-Congress LS prospects in multiple seats? Here’s what seat-wise analysis shows

Of the 37 seats won by the SP, its margin of victory over the NDA counterpart in 18 seats was lower than the total number of votes secured by the BSP candidate in the fray — excluding seats reserved for SCs since each party has to field a member from the community in these seats, leaving little room for caste permutations and combinations. In 10 of these 18, BSP fielded upper caste and OBC candidates — Brahmins in five, and a Thakur, Kayastha, Kurmi, Prajapati and Patel in the remaining five – which may have led to a division of votes within these communities. These 10 seats were Kairana, Muzaffarnagar, Kheri, Dhaurahra, Sultanpur, Pratapgarh, Hamirpur, Banda, Fatehpur and Basti.In the remaining eight, BSP fielded Muslims. These were Sambhal, Firozabad, Etah, Badaun, Aonla, Ambedkar Nag...
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Afzal Ansari hails Purvanchal success as victory of ‘poor, marginalised, and pro-democratic forces’

Afzal Ansari. File photo | Photo Credit: The Hindu Afzal Ansari, who won the Ghazipur Parliamentary seat in the recently concluded Lok Sabha election, described the success of the Indian National Democratic Inclusive Alliance bloc in eastern Uttar Pradesh’s Purvanchal region as a victory of poor, marginalised, and pro-democratic forces. Mr. Ansari defeated Paras Nath Rai of the BJP by 1,24,861 votes.Mr. Ansari added that the victory of the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Congress across the Purvanchal belt showcased the unity of people across caste and religious lines against the “cold-blooded murder” of his younger brother Mukhtar Ansari inside Banda jail. He stated that despite the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders’ attempts to create a Hindu-Muslim binary, his victory highlights the...
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Who Is Awadhesh Prasad? Dalit Leader From Samajwadi Party Defeating BJP In Ayodhya’s Faizabad

The Ram Mandir in Ayodhya, consecrated in January, marked the completion of one of the saffron party's long-waited promises and was initially expected to boost the BJP's prospects in the Lok Sabha elections. However, the BJP suffered a major setback in Uttar Pradesh, with its tally almost halved. One of its huge heartbreaks came from the results of the Faizabad Lok Sabha constituency, which includes Ayodhya. The Samajwadi Party defeated the BJP and the man who made it possible was Awadhesh Prasad. A Dalit leader from the "Yadav party" emerged victorious from Ayodhya's land, an unreserved seat. Here's all you need to know about Awadhesh Prasad:  Veteran MLA Awadhesh Prasad clinched the seat from the BJP in a high-profile contest. Prasad, a prominent Dalit...
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How Akhilesh Yadav trumped Modi-Yogi in Uttar Pradesh — ‘sway of caste over communal politics’

Lucknow: The Samajwadi Party’s social engineering strategy of fielding non-Yadav OBCs and Dalit candidates has paid off, capturing an unprecedented 37 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh. This performance, in the state that sends the maximum number of MPs to Parliament, is not only the SP’s best showing in a Lok Sabha election yet but has also made it the third-largest party in the country.The winning formula for the party—which had managed only 5 seats in 2019— included a line-up of 32 OBC, 16 Dalit, 10 upper caste, and 4 Muslim candidates. Overall, the SP contested 62 out of UP’s 80 Lok Sabha seats, with its INDIA alliance partners Congress and TMC fielding candidates in 17 and 1, respectively. Out of the SP’s victories, 20 and 7 seats were clinched by OBC and Dalit candidates respective...
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Election results 2024: BJP down from 77 to 55 on reserved seats as Congress, SP make windfall gains

Rajasthan Congress chief Govind Singh Dotasra with party leaders celebrate the gains it made in the Lok Sabha polls during counting of votes, in Jaipur, Tuesday, June 4, 2024. | Photo Credit: PTI Results from the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, which saw social justice and reservation take centre stage over the last two months, have now revealed that the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party has been reduced to 55 seats (from 77) out of the total 131 reserved for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in the House of the People.While the BJP lost 19 SC seats where it had incumbent MP’s across Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Haryana, Karnataka, Bihar, Punjab and West Bengal, it lost 10 of its ST seats across Maharashtra, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Rajasthan and West Bengal – with the Indian National...
Samajwadi Party to bag majority of SC seats in UP as Dalit politics shifts, Chadrashekhar Azad leads
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Samajwadi Party to bag majority of SC seats in UP as Dalit politics shifts, Chadrashekhar Azad leads

New Delhi: The Samajwadi Party is leading in eight of the 17 SC reserved constituencies in Uttar Pradesh, while Chandrashekhar Azad is ahead in Nagina by a margin of over 64,000 votes as of 12.30 pm, according to Election Commission data.The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), which held two of the reserved seats — Nagina and Lalganj — seems to be drawing a blank. Meanwhile, the BJP, which had swept 15 of these 17 seats in 2019, has been reduced to seven, according to the early trends. A Congress candidate is leading in one seat. The numbers spell a major disruption in UP’s Dalit politics. Show Full Article To begin with, early trends across the reserved constituencies suggest that the Samajwadi Party’s attempt to expand from its core Muslim...
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Varanasi election results 2024 live updates: After trailing in early trends, PM Modi overtakes Congress’s Ajay Rai | Varanasi News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Varanasi, one of the 80 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh, is among the nation's most high-profile constituencies as it is represented by PM Modi. It falls under the unreserved category and comprises five assembly constituencies which are Varanasi North, Varanasi South, Varanasi Cantt, Sevapuri and Rohaniya.After trailing in early trends, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has overtaken Congress's UP chief Ajay Rai.PM Modi is running ahead of Rai with over 9000 votes.Also See: Lok Sabha Election Results 2024 Live UpdatesThe Varanasi parliamentary constituency has a total of 19,62,948 voters, including 10,65,485 men, 8,97,328 women, and 135 third-gender individual. The constituency went to polls in the seventh phase of the Lok Sabha elections on June 1 and the voter turnout was recor...