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By-Poll Results: Jayalalithaa shines in TN, BJP in MP

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By Keshav Chhabra

On 27th June, the voter turnout saw a rise in five states, going as high as 80 per cent for some seats in Tripura and Meghalaya. As the by-poll results of the five states (Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Meghalaya and Tripura) were announced today, NewsGram brings you a brief summary of the election results with major highlights.

Tamil Nadu: J Jayalalithaa has done it again in Tamil Nadu. The party offices of AIADMK were full of cheer and celebration with the chief minister winning in RK Nagar by-poll by a margin of more than 1.5 lakh votes; the closest candidate being C. Mahendran of the CPI.

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Kerala: For the assembly seat of Aruvikara, the Congress candidate K.A. Sabarinathan led the party to victory by a margin of around 10,000 votes. His nearest rival was CPI candidate M. Vijayakumar who got 46,320 votes while the BJP candidate, standing third in the race could manage 34,145 votes.

Madhya Pradesh: Though BJP struggled in Kerela, the party candidate Chandar Singh Sisodia registered a comfortable win with 81,449 votes, winning by a margin of around 13,000 votes over his nearest rival of the Congress party in Garoth assembly constituency by-poll.

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Tripura: The Bhartiya Janata Party had to meet disappointment in the state, where CPI-M won two assembly seats with a record margin, the nearest rival being BJP candidates.

Meghalaya: The state brought good news for the ruling Congress party where Bluebell Sangma registered a victory over National People Party’s candidate Phillipole D. Marak by 2,550 votes.

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Kerala Government Decides to Revise The List of Women Who Prayed at Sabarimala

The list of 51 women is not part of an affidavit but only referred to by the state government counsel in his arguments. Soon the list was highlighted in the media

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Stung by widespread criticism over the numerous errors in the list of women who prayed at the Sabrimala temple, the Kerala government has decided to re-prepare the list.

A counsel of state government had presented the list in the Supreme Court on Friday, which reportedly had discrepancies in the age and names of women. The list was taken from the records of the online system, through which pilgrims register for having “darshan”.

The row erupted over flaws in the actual age of some of the 51 women, whom the counsel had referred to in the list as “banned” — on account of they being of menstruating age group of 10 to 50 years — who prayed at the temple this season.

State police chief Loknath Behera on Saturday asked senior officials to revise the list, which included even the name of men, besides several of the women above 50.

State Devasom (temples) Minister Kadakampally Surendran told the media that his department has no role in the preparation of the list, while the president of the Travancore Devasom Board – custodian of the temple, A. Padmakumar said they are not responsible for this as they do not prepare statistics of the pilgrims in the temple.

Kanam Rajendran, state secretary of the Communist Party of India – the second biggest ally of the ruling Pinarayi Vijayan government, said the entire responsibility of what has happened lies with the state government.

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Kerala to revise list of women who prayed at Sabarimala.

But the Industries Minister E.P. Jayarajan, the closest aide of Vijayan, defended him by saying that it is not just 51 women, but so many women have had “darshan” at the temple.

Kanaka Durga and Bindu Ammini, both in the “banned” age group of 10 to 50 years, prayed at the Sabarimala temple.

It was after they approached the apex court seeking security for having safe “darshan” that a bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice L. Nageswara Rao and Justice Dinesh Maheshwari directed the state government to arrange adequate protection for them.

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The list of 51 women is not part of an affidavit but only referred to by the state government counsel in his arguments. Soon the list was highlighted in the media.

“This goof-up reveals the abject failure of the way Vijayan is running the state,” said state BJP president P.S. Sreedharan Pillai.  (IANS)