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Assembly Election 2018: Congress emerges victorious in Hindi heartland

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Congress party has hit the jackpot in the Hindi heartland by sweeping the Assembly election in Chhattisgarh, establishing a formidable lead over the Bharatiya Janata Party in Rajasthan and emerging as the largest party in Madhya Pradesh.

While the Congress is certain to form its Government in Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan, there is also every indication that it would also return to power in Madhya Pradesh after 15-years of BJP rule. Madhya Pradesh Congress president Kamal Nath, it is learnt, has sent a letter to the State Governor seeking appointment tonight to stake claim to form the new Government in the State.

 

ECI declares General Elections to the Legislative Assemblies of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, RaJasthan, Mizoram & Telangana

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New Delhi: Chief Election Commissioner of India O P Rawat today announced the election schedule for the General election to the Legislative Assemblies of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Mizoram and Telangana.

The terms of the Legislative Assemblies of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Mizoram are normally due to expire as follows:

The Governor of Telangana by his order on 6 September 2018 dissolved the Telangana Legislative Assembly with immediate effect,

By virtue of its powers, duties and functions under Article 324 read,with Article 1.72(l) of the Constitution of India and Section 15 of the Representation of the people Act, 1951, and the judgement of the Supreme Court in Special Reference No. 1 of 2002, the Commission was required to hold general elections to constitute the new Legislative Assemblies in the States is Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Raiasthan & Mizoram before expiry of their present terms and in the State of Telangana, where the State Legislative Assembly has been prematurely dissolved, within a period of six months from the date of premature dissolution of the Assembly i,e. by 5 March 2019.

(1) Assembly Constituencies

The total number of’ Assembly Constituencies in the States of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan & Mizoram and seats reserved for the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes, as determined by the Delimitation of Parliamentary and Assembly Constituencies order 2008, and the total number of Assembly Constituencies in Telangana and seats reserved for the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes, as determined by Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014, as follows:

(2) Electoral Rolls:

The Commission, after visiting the poll bound States, had directed the State election machinery to ensure a smooth, effective, inclusive and time-bound completion of 2nd Special Summary Revision of Electoral Rolls with reference to 01.01.2018 as the qualifying date, so as to ensure that all eligible but un-enrolled citizens in the States are duly registered in the Electoral Rolls. Special efforts were made to identify the critical gaps in the electoral rolls and targeted SVEEP activities were carried out to address them.

The existing electoral rolls of all the Assemblies Constituencies in the States of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan & Mizoram have been revised with reference to 1 January 2018 as the qualifying date and for Telangana, the existing electoral rolls will be revised with reference to 1 January 2019 as the qualifying date. The date of Final publication of electoral rolls in respect of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Mizoram & Telangana are as follows:

 

Schedule for General Election to the Legislative Assembly of Chhattisgarh, 2018

Phase – I

(For elections to 18 Assembly Constituencies listed in Annexure I)

Poll Events Schedule
Date of Issue of Gazette Notification 16.10.2018 (TUESDAY)
Last Date of Nominations 23.10.2018 (TUESDAY)
Date for Scrutiny of Nominations 24.10.2018 (WEDNESDAY)
Last Date for Withdrawal of candidatures 26.10.2018 (FRIDAY)
Date of Poll 12.11.2018 (MONDAY)
Date of Counting 11.12.2018 (TUESDAY)
Date before which election shall be completed 13.12.2018 (THURSDAY)

 

Phase – II

(For elections to 72 Assembly Constituencies listed in Annexure II)

Poll Events Schedule
Date of Issue of Gazette Notification 26.10.2018 (FRIDAY)
Last Date of Nominations 02.11.2018 (FRIDAY)
Date for Scrutiny of Nominations 03.11.2018 (SATURDAY)
Last Date for Withdrawal of candidatures 05.11.2018 (MONDAY)
Date of Poll 20.11.2018 (TUESDAY)
Date of Counting 11.12.2018 (TUESDAY)
Date before which election shall be completed 13.12.2018 (THURSDAY)

 

Schedule

Schedule for General Elections to the Legislative Assembly of Madhya Pradesh, 2018 (All 230 ACs)

Poll Events Schedule
Date of Issue of Gazette Notification 02.11.2018 (FRIDAY)
Last Date of Nominations 09.11.2018 (FRIDAY)
Date for Scrutiny of Nominations 12.11.2018 (MONDAY)
Last Date for Withdrawal of candidatures 14.11.2018 (WEDNESDAY)
Date of Poll 28.11.2018 (WEDNESDAY)
Date of Counting 11.12.2018 (TUESDAY)
Date before which election shall be completed 13.12.2018 (THURSDAY)

 

Schedule

Schedule for General Elections to the Legislative Assembly of Rajasthan, 2018 (All 200 ACs)

Poll Events Schedule
Date of Issue of Gazette Notification 12.11.2018 (MONDAY)
Last Date of Nominations 19.11.2018 (MONDAY)
Date for Scrutiny of Nominations 20.11.2018 (TUESDAY)
Last Date for Withdrawal of candidatures 22.11.2018 (THURSDAY)
Date of Poll 07.12.2018 (FRIDAY)
Date of Counting 11.12.2018 (TUESDAY)
Date before which election shall be completed 13.12.2018 (THURSDAY)

 

Schedule

Schedule for General Elections to the Legislative Assembly of Mizoram, 2018 (All 40 ACs)

Poll Events Schedule
Date of Issue of Gazette Notification 02.11.2018 (FRIDAY)
Last Date of Nominations 09.11.2018 (FRIDAY)
Date for Scrutiny of Nominations 12.11.2018 (MONDAY)
Last Date for Withdrawal of candidatures 14.11.2018 (WEDNESDAY)
Date of Poll 28.11.2018 (WEDNESDAY)
Date of Counting 11.12.2018 (TUESDAY)
Date before which election shall be completed 13.12.2018 (THURSDAY)

Schedule for General Elections to the Legislative Assembly of Telangana, 2018 (All 119 ACs)

Poll Events Schedule
Date of Issue of Gazette Notification 12.11.2018 (MONDAY)
Last Date of Nominations 19.11.2018 (MONDAY)
Date for Scrutiny of Nominations 20.11.2018 (TUESDAY)
Last Date for Withdrawal of candidatures 22.11.2018 (THURSDAY)
Date of Poll 07.12.2018 (FRIDAY)
Date of Counting 11.12.2018 (TUESDAY)
Date before which election shall be completed 13.12.2018 (THURSDAY)

Model Code of Conduct

The Model Code of Conduct comes into effect immediately from now onwards. All the provisions of the Model Code will apply to the whole of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Mizoram & Telangana will be applicable to all candidates, political parties and, the State Government of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Mizoram & Telangana. The Model Code of Conduct shall also be applicable to the Union Government insofar as announcements/policy decisions pertaining to/for these States are concerned.

The Commission has made elaborate arrangements for ensuring the effective implementation of the MCC Guidelines. Any violations of these Guidelines would be strictly dealt with and the Commission re-emphasizes that the instructions issued in this regard from time to time should be read and understood by all Political Parties, contesting candidates and their agents/representatives, to avoid any misgivings or lack of information or inadequate understanding/interpretation. The government of the poll-bound States has also been directed to ensure that no misuse of official machinery/position is done during the MCC period.

The Commission has also issued instructions for swift, effective and stringent action for enforcement of Model Code of Conduct during the first 72 hours of announcement of the election schedule and also for maintaining extra vigilance and strict enforcement action in the Last 72 hours prior to the close of polls.  These instructions have been issued in the form of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for compliance by the field election machinery.

Mizoram govt announces cash reward for info on terrorists

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mizoram forceAizawl : A cash reward for information terrorists in Mizoram has been announced by ruling government in the state. Mizoram government has announced a cash reward of Rs one lakh each for anyone giving information in connection with five terrorists of Manipur-based Hmar People’s Convention (Democrats) who were involved in the ambush of members of a state assembly committee on March 28.

The attack had rendered fatalities of force personnel as three policemen were killed in the ambush of team of state legislature’s committee. Terrorists had attacked police personnel and an encounter took place between terrorists and force personnel which resulted in fatal injuries to both sides. The great loss to police team stirred the government and thus triggered off search operation. Certain tip offs have been gathered, but specific information regarding Manipur and Lalchanwala terrorists is still wanting. The militants are – Thanglawmvel, Rinsang and Lalrohuol all of them from Manipur and Lalchawimawia and Jacob, both from Mizoram.

One of the leaders of the Hmar militants was an ex-police personnel. This person named Malsawmkima ambushed the team of assembly committee. He was the one who had deserted state armed police some time back. This militant was caught in the ambush and trapped in police net. Police force gunned him down in an encounter  on May 8 inside Manipur. In case of Reuben Lalrammawia, another militant involved in ambush, a similar scenario evolved when he got arrested on September 22 at Hmarkhawlien village in Assam while commander of the group Lalbiakliana was nabbed inside Manipur on October 16.

State Home Minister R. Lalzirliana said there could never be peace negotiations with HPC (D) unless the latter returned all weapons snatched from policemen in March 28 ambush. The cash reward is viewed as a motivating temptation for localites to shed their scare and come forward to share info which they have been holding, just in case.

States should be governed under the letter and spirit of Constitution: Pranab Mukherjee

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The President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Conference of Governors, at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on February 11, 2015.
The President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Conference of Governors, at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on February 11, 2015.

New Delhi, Feb 11: President Pranab Mukherjee today inaugurated the 46th Conference of Governors with the assertion that the Governors must ensure affairs of States and Union Territories are conducted in accordance with the letter and spirit of the Constitution.

In his opening address, the President said the Constitution of India is the guiding document that provides the framework for governance. Every Indian looks forward to the Constitution as the guarantor of her liberties, freedom and equality. Any deviation from the principles and provisions embodied in the Constitution would weaken the democratic fabric of the country and jeopardise the social, economic and political well-being of our citizens. The Governors and Lt. Governors have the primary responsibility to ensure that the affairs of the States and Union Territories are conducted strictly in accordance with the letter and spirit of this hallowed document. Prevalence of peace and communal harmony must be ensured.

The President said the development of North-East is a priority area. Much needs to be done for infrastructure development and to harness its tourism potential. Ethnic violence in Assam needs to be countered effectively, especially the sinister motives to drive a wedge between Bodo and non-Bodo sections. The genuine aspirations of the Bodo people in terms of development must be addressed expeditiously. Under no circumstances can the spread of ethnic hatred be tolerated.

India as a nation follows the policy of maintaining peaceful relations with all countries. All disputes, relating to our border areas or otherwise, should be resolved through peaceful means, said Mukherjee.

Pointing out that over 60 per cent of India’s rural population lacks access or does not use sanitation facilities, the President said we must reverse this position by addressing issues like affordability and mindset by providing innovative solutions. The States and Union Territories should establish suitable administrative mechanisms to take Swachh Bharat Mission down to every village or civic ward, he said adding the Governors and Lt. Governors must use their persuasive skills and contribute towards meeting this laudable objective.

Speaking on issues relating to the Fifth Schedule of the Constitution, the President asked the Governors and Lt. Governors to closely monitor development programmes in targeted areaS with special focus on quality of education and health care.

The President said Autonomous Councils and Autonomous District Councils (ADCs), set up under the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution in Assam Meghalaya, Mizoram and Tripura, enjoy legislative, executive, financial and judicial powers. Governors of these States have a pivotal role to play in the administration of these Areas. Village and municipal councils must be set up and elections conducted for decentralization of power. He was happy to learn that the Government is proposing to amend the Sixth Schedule to strengthen the democratic process in these Areas. There is also need to devolve more developmental funds to these Areas. Laws prevailing in these areas also need to be codified, the President emphasised.

India is projected to have the largest workforce in the world by 2025, with a surplus of 47 million workers against a shortage of 56.5 million skilled workers in the world, the President pointed out adding this demographic dividend is a double-edged sword. If its huge potential is tapped, it could become a powerful engine for growth. On the other hand, if we fail to do so, it could create social tension. The youth could become creators, innovators, builders and leaders of the future. But they can transform the future only with proper education. We must capitalize our advantage and enhance the employability of our youth through skilling, re-skilling and up-skilling.

The President said skill development is also important for the success of the Make-in-India campaign aimed at facilitating investment, fostering innovation and making India a world-class manufacturing hub. He expressed hope that the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship will evolve an appropriate skill development framework, remove the demand-supply disconnect for skilled manpower, promote Public-Private Partnerships and expand youth entrepreneurship education. He requested Governors and Lt. Governors to use every opportunity to promote these initiatives as well as to play a persuasive role in the implementation of Jan Dhan Yojana.