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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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The protest, now in its sixth day in Kochi, Kerala's financial hub, is gathering momentum as the locals, activists, writers and politicians come out in support.

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Nuns hold placards during a protest demanding justice after an alleged sexual assault of a nun by a bishop in Kochi, in the southern state of Kerala, India. VOA

A group of Indian Catholic nuns are staging a rare street protest in the southern state of Kerala demanding justice after an alleged sexual assault of a nun by a bishop.

Police have called the bishop named in the complaint for a second round of questioning next week. The bishop has denied wrongdoing.

The case comes at a time when the Christian community, which accounts for 19 percent of the state’s population, is reeling under an erosion of trust as sexual abuse cases involving the clergy pile up.

Five priests were arrested last month in two different sexual assault cases, while last year, a Catholic priest who was trying to flee the country was arrested after a minor he is accused of having sex with gave birth.

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The nun in a letter said she wanted the Vatican to intervene. She said she was forced to make matters public after several attempts to seek justice from within the church failed.

The protest, now in its sixth day in Kochi, Kerala’s financial hub, is gathering momentum as the locals, activists, writers and politicians come out in support.

A man, who is on an indefinite hunger strike, lay in front of the stage where the protesting nuns sat. A nun coordinating the protest dismissed allegations that they were trying to disgrace the church.

“Our fight is for the truth. We will not back out unless the truth is established and the nun is given justice,” she told Reuters.

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The Catholic Church in Germany acknowledged a “depressing and shameful” legacy of sexual abuse on Wednesday after a leaked study said clerics had abused thousands of children over 70 years.

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The leaked study was published on the day that Pope Francis, who has made several attempts to tackle a spreading sexual abuse crisis that has badly tarnished the Church’s image worldwide, summoned senior bishops from around the world to the Vatican to discuss the protection of minors. (VOA)