Congress candidate Suresh alias Balu Dhanorkar defeated BJP bigwig and Union Minister of State for Home, Hansraj Ahir, by a margin of 44,822 votes. Dhanorkar was the only Congress candidate to emerge victorious in the state.
According to the rules, the winning MLAs will have to resign from the state legislature. This would mean that the BJP and Sena’s tally in the legislative assembly will go down by two each, while AIMIM’s tally will drop from two to one.
A day after Congress president Rahul Gandhi accused the BJP of working for “a few rich businessmen” at a rally in Chandrapur, sitting MP and Union Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ahir told The Indian Express that he had secured employment for more than 5,000 farmers’ children using his MPLADS funds.
Union minister Hansraj Gangaram Ahir on Friday said the people of Kashmir wanted the ceasefire, announced on account of Ramzan, to be extended and security operations suspended, but the final call on the matter would be taken by the Centre.
As many as 6,564 cases were registered over alleged crimes against the Scheduled Tribes in 2016, in which charge-sheets were filed in 81.3 per cent cases where the conviction rate was 20.8 per cent, the minister said.
Ahir visited the camp of the Chhattisgarh Armed Force here this morning and paid homage to the nine Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel killed yesterday after Naxals blasted their mine protected vehicle (MPV) in Sukma.
"This is a very condemnable incident. How can one assault an officer. IAS officers have met me. I have listened to their grievances. Whatever is required, the Delhi Police is doing and will question whoever is required," Ahir said.