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Lok Sabha Elections HIGHLIGHTS: Citing security concerns, voting in East Tripura deferred to April 23

Lok Sabha Elections 2019 HIGHLIGHTS: Polling for the second phase of Lok Sabha elections in East Tripura (ST reserved) constituency has been deferred from April 18 to April 23 on security grounds, Tripura Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Sriram Taranikanti stated Tuesday. The Election Commission also urged the authorities to improve the law and order situation in the state.

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A notification from the Election Commission of India said reports received from Tripura CEO and Special Police Observer indicated law and order situation prevailing in East Tripura Parliamentary constituency is “not conducive” to hold free and fair poll in the constituency on April 18.

Lok Sabha Elections 2019:  Polling for the second phase of Lok Sabha elections in East Tripura (ST reserved) constituency has been deferred from April 18 to April 23 on security grounds, Tripura Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Sriram Taranikanti stated Tuesday. The Election Commission also urged the authorities to improve the law and order situation in the state.

Speaking to reporters in a late-night briefing, CEO Taranikanti said the Election Commission has deferred polling at East Tripura constituency in the second phase of Lok Sabha elections on security grounds. The voting would now be held on April 23, and the state electoral authority has been instructed to ensure proper security conditions to build confidence among the voters.

“Everyone saw what happened during polling on April 11. I have travelled different districts. I have seen videos where activities were seen which were against the rules of Election Commission of India. We have forwarded those details to the Election Commission as well. We hope to develop law and order situation conducive for holding the elections April 23,” the CEO added.

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The notification informed that Special Police Observer from Tripura has recommended deferring the poll which was earlier scheduled to be helfd on the April 18.

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An hour after the Election Commission of India deferred Lok Sabha polls at East Tripura seat to April 23 citing security reasons, a late night order from the Election Commission on Tuesday transferred Additional Director General (Law & Order) of Tripura Police Rajiv Singh due to incidents of law and failure under his command which were reported to the Commission in the run-up to Lok Sabha elections in Tripura.

East Tripura: Citing security concerns, Election Commission defers voting to April 23

Polling for the second phase of Lok Sabha elections in East Tripura (ST reserved) constituency has been deferred from April 18 to April 23 on security grounds, Tripura Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Sriram Taranikanti stated Tuesday. The Election Commission also urged the authorities to improve the law and order situation in the state.

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Speaking to reporters in a late-night briefing, CEO Taranikanti said the Election Commission has deferred polling at East Tripura constituency in the second phase of Lok Sabha elections on security grounds. The voting would now be held on April 23, and the state electoral authority has been instructed to ensure proper security conditions to build confidence among the voters.

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Though Kumar, a political strongman, is well-known in the area, he is unsure about his re-election. "The election is going to be difficult," Kumar told PTI on the phone as he is busy campaigning in interior areas of the constituency. "The fragmentation of Muslim votes has not happened. The election has become Congress versus BJP," he added, saying that his party would win with a better margin.

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Former Delhi BJP chief Satish Upadhyay claimed Tuesday that despite the bickering between the Aam Aadmi Party and the Congress, the two parties will form an alliance for Lok Sabha polls in the national capital.

The Congress and the AAP were fooling people with their allegations against each other, he said.

"I feel both the AAP and the Congress are fooling people by levelling allegations and counter-allegations. Ultimately they will contest the elections in alliance," Upadhyay, joint in-charge of the BJP for Lok Sabha polls in Madhya Pradesh, told reporters.

(PTI)

Manik Sarkar appeals voters to avenge alleged poll-rigging while voting in second phase

Former Tripura chief minister and CPI (M) politburo member Manik Sarkar Tuesday urged voters to avenge an alleged poll-rigging held in West Tripura Lok Sabha seat during polling hours on April 11 while voting at East Tripura constituency on Thursday. He also asked them to stand firm against any attack.

“Avenge what was done on poll day in West Tripura seat. Don’t look out for police personnel. If attackers come in front of you, look them in the eyes. They will not find space to run away. Stand firm and stand determined. All voters are preparing themselves in this way in all booth areas (in East Tripura constituency),” Sarkar said at the sit-in-demonstration while reiterating the appeal to resist attacks.

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Addressing a massive poll rally in Pathanamthitta, where the famed Sabarimala Lord Ayyappa temple is located, Gandhi said his party wants an India "where people can express what is there inside their heart as long as those expressions are peaceful and non-violent".

However, he was cautious not to mention the name of Lord Ayyappa or the recent agitations witnessed by the state against the entry of young women there.

"The Congress party believes in allowing all people t express their faith, express their beliefs and express thei sentiments," Gandhi said

"But the Congress will never take an action that stop people from genuinely expressing their faith," he said, addin that he leaves the matter to the "wisdom of the people of th state."

(PTI)

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Jagan Mohan Reddy accuses Chandrababu Naidu of 'misusing' office

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"We have lodged a complaint with Governor ESL Narasimhan that Chandrababu Naidu, who has appointed his own henchmen in crucial places to help TDP in all ways during the elections and post-poll violence and sought his intervention to put the issue under check," PTI quoted Reddy as saying.

"There are many instances of violence which is still unabated and attacks on YSRCP cadre are on the rise as Chandrababu Naidu has given out-of-turn promotions belonging to his community to target the Opposition Party and its sympathisers," he said.

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PM Modi addresses a public meeting in Chhattisgarh.

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Prakash Raj, independent candidate from Bangalore Central, believes only when Independents get a chance will people realise their power in Parliament. (Expressphoto: Aaron Pereira)

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Besides Kollam, Rahul Gandhi to address rallies in three more districts

Gandhi assured the cashew farmers in the state that his party if voted to power, will to take up their cause. "We will start a conversation to help make cashew growing a viable alternative", he said adding that it was an "honour" for him to fight elections from kerala. Rahul Gandhi arrived here last night on a two-day visit to Kerala. Besides Kollam, he would address rallies in three more districts. Gandhi, who is contesting from Wayanad district as a second constituency besides the Congress stronghold of Amethi, will be addressing meetings in his constituency on Wednesday.

Rahul Gandhi: The country is now 'under attack' from the BJP-RSS

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PM failed to fulfil promises: Rahul Gandhi in Kollam

Coming down heavily on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi Tuesday said he has "failed" to fulfil the promises made during the last five years. "The promises Modi has given to you, he has not fulfilled. but Anil Ambani gets Rs 30,000 crore in Rafale deal. "The Prime Minister is speaking of nationalism and he gave the biggest defence deal to a person who has not made a single aircraft," Gandhi charged. The Congress President was addressing an election rally at the St Stephen college grounds here in Kollam district.

Congress and 'Mahamilawati

PM Modi also said, "Congress and 'Mahamilawati" group desperate to oust chowkidar because of BJP onslaught on corruption." "A 'jal shakti' ministry to be formed by the new BJP government, ending the water crisis in the country," Modi added.

Watch | PM Modi addresses rally in Odisha

PM Modi said, "We amended decade-old mining law and ensured that a part of the fund from the resources extracted is utilized for the development of local infrastructure." "The central govt procure rice at Rs 19-30/kg and send it to Odisha. Odisha govt has to add only Rs 2/kg to it. However, they claim that they provide rice at a subsidised rate to the people of Odisha. It's an utter lie," he added.

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