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INLD survives Ellenabad bypoll in close fight with BJP

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The results of the cliffhanging Ellenabad bypolls were declared on Tuesday and the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) contestant Abhay SIngh Chautla succeeded in emerging as the winner in the segment as it was being expected by the political experts in wake of the ongoing political scenario. But tall claims of victory by huge margin proved futile as the battle emerged as a neck to neck fight between the INLD and the ruling BJP-JJP parties. Contrary to the expectation, Abhay chautala emerged winner with a margin of just 6737 contrary to the party’s claims and the experts who were expecting INLD’s victory with a difference of at least 15000 to 20000 votes . In continuation to this, the ruling BJP marked its strong presence in Ellenabad, known as the INLD’s bastion.

Out of the total 186403 votes, as many as 151524 were polled in the election. Of the whole, the INLD gained 65298 votes to be followed by the BJP and the Congress parties’ contestants namely Govind Kanda and Pawan Beniwal with 59189 and 20857 votes. While all contestants were required one sixth of the total votes polled to save their fixed deposit i.e. 25254 votes. The INLD candidate Abhay started getting momentum during counting round by round and the candidates of the opposite parties hailing from the BJP-JJP and the Congress were trailing with a slight high margin which indicated the upcoming results to some extent. But finally the margin could not meet the expectations of the INLD.

Regarding this,Anil Vij, the BJP stalwart and the Home Minister said that although the INLD managed to win the election but It should be considered as a moral defeat of the Abhay Chautala as he couldn’t fulfill the claims of huge victory in the segment. Besides, the BJP succeeded in securing second position.

Apart from the aforesaid, it is worth mentioning that the by-poll proved a nightmare for the main opposition Congress as well as the party contestant Pawan Beniwal who ended on third position and failed to save the fixed deposit with a lack of nearly 4000 votes. The by-poll proved a setback for the state party president Kumari Seleja too. She hails from the Sirsa under which Ellenabad constituency falls. Besides she was leading the whole election campaigning and, thus the results of the by poll is being considered a nightmare for her Pawan Beniwal, who had failed to survive the assembly poll against Abhay Chautala in 2019, recently switched over from the BJP to the Congress. He was in the fray as candidate of the main opposition party Congress. While regarding the defeat and victory of the INLD, Bhupender Singh Hooda took at Abhay Singh Chuatala saying that he will now resign from the post again in case the Congress moves no-confidence motion in the assembly in support of the farmers agitation.

Over his victory, Abhay Singh Chuatala said that the credit of his victory goes to the farmers as well the commoners. Besides, the results of the bypoll indicate the hidden alliance of the BJP and the Congress befooling the people of the state.

The results of the assembly elections slated in 2019 reveal that Abhay Singh Chautala, candidate of INLD, survived the election successfully defeating the opponents from the Congress and the BJP parties. He remained on the top with a margin of nearly 12000 voters then.

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“There is no confirmation of any terror angle”, says Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis

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Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday said there is “no confirmation of any terror angle” on a mysterious boat loaded with weapons.

“There is no confirmation of any terror angle. The boat has just drifted here. We are not ruling out anything, investigating all aspects. Police have been asked to be on high alert,” Fadnavis said.

A suspicious boat with three AK-47 rifles, bullets, and other weapons has been found near Harihareshwar beach in Raigad.

“Some details cannot be revealed as it may spread an atmosphere of fear. No possibilities of any consequences would be taken lightly,” Fadnavis said.

Ahead of the Dahi Handi festival in the state Deputy CM has instructed police and administration to be prepared.

“The boat belongs to an Australian citizen. The boat’s engine broke out in the sea, people were rescued by a Korean boat. It has now reached Harihareshwar beach. Keeping in mind the coming festive season, police and administration have been instructed to be prepared,” Fadnavis said.

Moreover, the presence of the boat raised alarm bells as on 26 November 2008 terrorists attacked the city and entered by sea route.

“ATS is also working on it. The additional force will also be deployed if necessary. All the precautions needed to be taken as per the norms of abundant caution,” Fadnavis said.

However, the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) was rushed to the spot and more details are awaited.

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35-year-old women died after being set on fire by kin

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The 35-year-old school teacher who was set on fire by her family over a money dispute died at the SMS Hospital, according to the police.

Manish Agrawal, the Superintendent of Police (SP) for Jaipur Rural, reported that the deceased was identified as Anita. On August 10, when she demanded that her relatives pay back the money they had borrowed from her, the private school teacher in her hamlet in the Raisar Police Station area, around 80 kilometres from the state capital Jaipur, was set on fire.

“The accused poured inflammable material on the woman and set her ablaze in her village on August 10,” Additional SP Dharmendra Yadav said.

Anita was initially transferred to the government hospital in Jamrao Ramgarh, where she was treated before being sent on to Jaipur, where she passed away seven days later. According to her relatives, the police were working along with the accused and neglected to intervene when it was needed, which caused her death.

Police, however, said that as soon as they learned about the event, they rushed to the scene and admitted Anita to the hospital.

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Suspicious boat loaded with weapons including AK-47 found near Harihareshwar beach

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A suspicious boat with three AK-47 rifles, bullets, and other weapons has been found near Harihareshwar beach in Raigad.

Meanwhile, the police said the boat had come to the Raigad coast while floating. Officials said the weapons were found in the boat but no person was present in the boat. Security has been tightened in the surrounding areas and police are on high alert.

Raigad MLA Aditi Tatkare said that she has requested the Chief Minister of Maharashtra to conduct a special inquiry into the incident. Tatkare also said that the incident is a major security threat.

“The Local Police are probing the matter and I have demanded the Chief Minister and Deputy CM to urgently appoint a special team of ATS or State Agency to look into the matter,” Takare said.

Moreover, the presence of the boat raised alarm bells as on 26 November 2008 terrorists attacked the city and entered by sea route.

“The Coast guard and Maharashtra Maritime Board have been informed and investigations are underway,” police said.

However, the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) was rushed to the spot and more details are awaited.

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Raju Srivastav’s health deteriorating, still on ventilator

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The condition of comedian Raju Srivastava, who is still unconscious and on life support in the ICU, is reportedly critical.

Raju Srivastava’s condition has got worse, according to the doctors, and he is still in a serious condition.

He was stated to be reacting well, showing a modest improvement in his health, and showing some signs of being able to move his bodily parts.

On August 10, the 58-year-old well-known comedian underwent a cardiac arrest and was subsequently admitted to the AIIMS in Delhi.

According to reports, he was complaining of chest problems while running on the treadmill. On the same day, he had also had an anangioplast.

On Friday, Raju Srivastava’s family released a statement claiming that he is in stable condition and pleading with his followers to disregard rumours and false information concerning his health.

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Sadhu found dead in Rajasthan’s Hanumangarh, probe initiated

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A sadhu in Bhakhrawali village of Rajasthan’s Hanumangarh was found murdered in his house on Wednesday.

On the morning of 17 August, the villagers spotted the body of the sadhu outside his hut.

The deceased sadhu has been identified as Chetan Das and police found injury marks on it.

Meanwhile, the reason behind the murder is yet to be ascertained. Moreover, the police are investigating the matter.

“Some unknown people had attacked the saint. As per the villagers, he hailed from Punjab and they used to serve him food at his hut,” said the police mentioning that he seemed to have had good relations with everyone in the village.

According to the Sangaria Police, the sadhu had been living in the village for the last 25 years. Earlier on Wednesday, the body of the sadhu was found lying in the pool of blood.

“Mourning the death of the saint Chetan Das, the villagers have demanded the arrest of the persons involved in his killing. His body has been sent to a mortuary of Sangaria Hospital,” the police said.

Moreover, after receiving information about the incident Deputy Superintendent of Sangarai Police Prateek Mile reached the spot.

However, a probe has been investigated and sadhu’s nephew Ravi Shankar Sharma has lodged a case in the police station.

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Sisodia questions centre, ‘who decided the resettlement of Rohingyas?’

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Manish Sisodia, the deputy chief minister of Delhi, stated on Thursday that he has written to Union home minister Amit Shah requesting clarification of the Center’s position over the relocation of Rohingya Muslims to EWS flats in the capital.

SiSodia sought clarification on who decided the resettlement of Rohingyas if it wasn’t either the central or the Delhi government. “We didn’t decide to Centre also says it didn’t. Then, who took the decision?” Sisodia said while addressing a press conference.

He further demanded Shah conduct an investigation. He added, “Shah should launch an investigation to find out whose orders it was to move Muslim Rohingya refugees into flats.”

He added that neither Arvind Kejriwal, the chief minister of Delhi, nor Sisodia, who himself is the home minister , were aware of the plan, which was first tweeted by the Union’s housing minister, Hardeep Singh Puri, and later rejected by the Centre.

“We got to know through newspapers that a scheme to provide flats to Rohingyas is going on. I asked the officers nd got to know some meetings did take place where Central government officers were present,” Sisodia further said.

“When I asked for details of the meeting, I saw that it was mentioned in the files that for the approval by the Central Govt, it was being directly sent through the chief secretary to the LG. It was completely hidden from the elected government of Delhi. why this conspiracy?” he added.

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