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BJP braces for Patel community resentment in upcoming elections

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New Delhi: Elections of the municipal corporation in Gujarat are due on November 22 and given the Patidar communities increasing gap from BJP, Chief Minister Anandi Patel is shifting her focus towards auxiliary OBC’s and minority communities for electoral support.

Six municipal corporations, 253 municipalities, 208 taluka panchayats, 26 district panchayats are due for elections on November 22 and 29. The increasing resentment within the Patidar community that has been the strength of the BJP in Gujarat is now frightening the government by denying its electoral prospect.

The Patidar or Patel community who have been protesting for reservations of Dalits, Adivasis and OBC in educational institutes and government jobs, initiated an agitation recently under the leadership of Hardik Patel for themselves to be counted under socially and economically weaker communities of the State.

The agitation has created strong resentment amongst this community, which used to be one of the richer and financially stronger groups of the state and thus had good connect with political classes. The recent decline of their supremacy compelled them to ask for reservation and also their ulterior motive to have a reservation for the children in educational institutes.

Although, these age-old supporters of BJP are now shifting their allegiances towards Congress and other parties to show their anger.

This resentment has put BJP under austere strain which had become obvious when the state government issued an ordinance to delay the state and municipal elections. They had also mentioned caste-war likely circumstance across the state. The government had also kept NOTA out of the electoral alternative.

The Gujrat High Court bluntly rejected the ordinance and only did they announce the electoral dates to be the same, they also said the voters would get back the NOTA choice.

Yet this has not slowed Bhartiya Janta Parties attempts at luring voters as their new slogan says- Saunu heet, Bhajapa ni Jeet (In everyone’s interest, BJP’s victory).

There is still time for Modi and Amit Shah to step in the electoral campaigning and a probable shift of mode can take place. Although, as for now BJP and Anandi Patel need to devise a new strategy to overcome this loss of supporters to not revisit a Bihar like the electoral failure.

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Remove ‘Aam Aadmi’ words from all AAP Government Schemes, says Delhi Election Commission ahead of Municipal Elections

The commission also demanded a "compliance report" within 48 hours

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People standing in queue during UP Elections. (representational Image), VOA

New Delhi, March 22, 2017: Ahead of municipal elections in the national capital, the Delhi Election Commission has directed the AAP government in the capital to remove “Aam Aadmi” words from all forms of display of its schemes.

The commission through a letter on Monday directed the Delhi Chief Secretary and all the three city municipal commissioners to remove the words “Aam Aadmi” from all forms of display, including hoardings, banners, name plates, billboards, in Aam Aadmi Mohalla Clinic and Aam Aadmi Bypass Express Service or anywhere within the jurisdiction of the Delhi government.

The letter became public on Tuesday.

The commission also demanded a “compliance report” within 48 hours.

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The action comes after Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator Vijender Gupta on March 18 submitted a memorandum to the state Election Commission seeking removal of words “Aam Aadmi” from the names of the government-run schemes, including Aam Aadmi Mohalla Clinic and Aam Aadmi Bypass Express Service and others.

Elections for the North, East and South Delhi Municipal Corporations are scheduled to be held on April 22 and the results will be announced on April 25.

The model code of conduct is in force from March 14.

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The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is gearing up for intensive campaigning for the civic polls from March 31.

AAP Convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has planned several public meetings across the city for the municipal polls. (IANS)

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Dozen journalists injured in Bengal poll violence, Mamata orders probe

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Kolkata: At least a dozen journalists, photojournalists and TV channel camerapersons sustained various degrees of injuries after being assaulted while covering polls to the Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation in the city’s posh satellite township on Saturday. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee ordered an inquiry into the assault on the journalists, a senior state minister said.

Calling the attacks as “preplanned” news channels, Zee 24 Ghanta and ABP Ananda, claimed that “miscreants harboured by the state’s ruling Trinamool Congress” carried out the assaults.

Two journalists of ABP Ananda – Aritrik Bhattacharya and Prakash Sinha – and the channel’s cameraperson Partha Sarathi Chakraborty were attacked by a mob while they were reporting about booth capturing in ward number 31 in Bidhannagar area.

A 24 Ghanta journalist Bikram Das and cameraperson Mintu Basak were also injured in the attack at the same spot.

“After we had recorded how a booth was being jammed, a gang of goons attacked me and the cameraperson, beating us mercilessly. They even snatched away the camera,” said a profusely bleeding Bhattacharya. Chakraborty was beaten with sticks and rods, and was rendered unconscious, the channel claimed.

Basak, who was hit on the head with a helmet, has been admitted to a private hospital.

A woman reporter with 24 Ghanta claimed that a gang of people who had illegally swarmed inside a polling booth threatened to “rape her” and constantly hurled abuses.

Other journalists who were subjected to similar assault include Tanmay Dutta Biswas and Sharmin Begum of Kolkata TV, Arka Dey and Dipankar Jana of Newstime, and photo journalist Sanjay Chatterjee of The Telegraph.

TV grabs aired by ABP Ananda and 24 Ghanta showed Bidhannagar legislator Sujit Bose of the Trinamool was present at the time of the attacks.

Bidhannagar Police Commissioner Jawed Shamim said police were looking into the matter.

“We are looking into the matter… if anybody lodges formal complaint, we will take action,” he said.

“We condemn the incidents of violence against media. The chief minister has ordered an inquiry,” Education and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Partha Chatterjee said at a media meet.

Chatterjee said the chief minister was gathering information on the incidents and those responsible for the attacks would be identified and dealt with administratively.

“The administration will look into the reasons, the circumstances that led to these incidents. We will also find out the agent provocateurs, and look into whether any political party, or any other interest group incited the violence.

“We want to categorically state that in West Bengal, rule of the law has been established under Mamata Banerjee’s leadership. As ruling party we will never want any breach of peace,” he said, accusing opposition parties Communist Party of India-Marxist, Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party of attempts to foment disturbance over the past few days.

“The opposition parties – CPI-M, BJP and the Congress – have no manpower. They don’t have people behind them. So, over the past few days, they were trying to create a situation which was akin to destroying democracy,” he alleged.

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West Bengal Municipal election: People outraged at hooligans

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By Arnab Mitra

The Bidhannagar municipal election turned into a virtual battlefield with several incidents of booth capturing, rigging, brick batting and hurling bombs reported from Karunamoyee, Baishakhi and several other places of Bidhannagar right from early morning. Despite all the obstacles, people were seen forming long queues at every booth since morning. Apart from the young and middle aged, many elderly people and future voters were also seen at various polling booths.

NewsGram spoke to a few people and here is their reaction.

70 year old Gayetree Sarkar said that she has never missed any opportunity to caste her vote since 1952. Though she is happy to be a part of this democracy, she also expresses her regrets over the condition of the state.

Baishakhi resident, 89 year old Shephali Das said, “Mamata is like my daughter, but I don’t like the way she is running the state.”

The general reaction of the people was very optimistic and they said that democracy will eventually win against hooliganism.

According to the Election Commission, the percentage of votes polled were – Bally:43.5; Asansol: 47 and Bidhannagar: 38.5.
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