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EC appoints 10 electoral observers to oversee roll revision in Tamil Nadu

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Tamil Nadu Chief Electoral Officer Satyaprakash Sahoo on Thursday held a meeting with the electoral roll observers, appointed by the Election Commission to oversee the voter list revision process in the districts allocated to them.

All the 10 IAS officers are given in charge of up to 4 districts to monitor. The EC released the draft electoral list on 16 November.

In the meeting, Tamil Nadu CEO Satyaprakash Sahoo instructed the observers about the work that needed to be carried out by them to prevent duplication and omission of the valid voters. Sahoo said that they would be organising special camps for the people to verify their details and photos before the final list is prepared. He also requested the voters to come forward and verify their details in the list.

As per the draft electoral list, the total electorate in Tamil Nadu is 6,10,44,358 and Special Camps will be conducted on 21-22 November and 12-13 December for the voters to include, delete, modify their details in the Electoral Rolls at the polling stations.

Tamil Nadu will go to polls in the next 6 months and the process for readying the electoral list has been stated by the EC.

Sources say that the final electoral list will be released in January and these appointments are made to speed up the process.

The electoral roll observers have been instructed to oversee the correction process in the electoral lists as the Opposition parties have already raised several questions over the draft electoral list.

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New Delhi [India], March 2 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Tuesday adjourned the hearing of petitions challenging the election of External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar to Rajya Sabha from Gujarat.
A Bench headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde adjourned the hearing as letter for adjournment was circulated in case.
One of the petitions against Jaishankar has been filed by Congress leader Gaurav Pandya.
The pleas have also raised the issue of Election Commission’s (EC) power on issuance of separate notifications for holding bypolls for casual and regular vacancies in Rajya Sabha.
The pleas related to 2019 Rajya Sabha bypoll on two seats from Gujarat and both seats were won by BJP candidates.
On February 4 last year, the Gujarat High Court had dismissed the plea of Gaurav Pandya against Jaishankar’s election to the Rajya Sabha. It had also dismissed two other petitions filed by Congress leaders Chandrikaben Chudasama and Pareshkumar Dhanani against the election of BJP candidate Jugalji Thakore.
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Chandrikaben Chudasama and Pareshkumar Dhanani had also approached the top court against High Court order dismissing their election petitions against Thakore. Both Jaishankar and Thakore were elected to Rajya Sabha on July 5 last year in by-polls held on seats vacated by Union ministers Amit Shah and Smriti Irani.
The Congress leaders have challenged the High Court order in the apex court.
Jaishankar while defending his election to the Rajya Sabha from Gujarat last year, has stated in it’s affidavit before the apex court that the procedure of voting adopted by the Election commission did not flout any law or constitutional provision.
Congress leader’s appeal against the Gujarat High Court’s order is based on “misrepresentation of facts and incorrect understanding of law”, the minister has said.
The Congress leaders had moved the High Court challenging the election on the ground that the EC’s notifications, treating the two vacant seats to be of different categories and requiring bypolls to be held separately, were “illegal and in violation of provisions of the Constitution, the Representation of People (RP) Act, 1951 and the Conduct of Election Rules, 1961.” (ANI)

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The BJP is also gearing up to reach up to the expectations of local BJP unit to meet the demand of rallies.
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Biswanath (Assam) [India], March 2 (ANI): Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who is on a two-day visit to poll-bound Assam, was on Tuesday seen plucking tea leaves with estate workers at Sadhuru tea garden in Biswanath district.
Dressed in a saree, the 49-year-old had a basket on her back balanced by a band on her head. She was also armoured with an apron at her waist as she took on the job of plucking tea leaves.
“The life of tea garden workers is full of truth and simplicity and their labour is valuable for the country. After sitting with them today, I understood their work, felt well being of their families and the difficulties of their life,” Gandhi tweeted along with pictures of herself interacting with the tea workers.
“I will not forget the love I received from them,” she added.
Earlier in the day, she received a rousing welcome at the tea garden, photos of which were shared by the Congress on their official Twitter handle.
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Assam assembly elections will be held in three phases. In the first phase, 47 seats in 12 districts will go to the polls on March 27. In the second phase, 39 constituencies in 13 districts will go to the polls on April 1 while 40 assembly constituencies in 12 districts to go on polls on April 6.
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“Took first dose of Corona vaccine at Dalmiya Hospital in Rampur (UP) today. #IndiaFightsCorona #LargestVaccineDrive,” he tweeted.
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The eligible beneficiaries who are entitled to receive the Covid-19 vaccine from March 1, were able to register themselves on the Co-WIN platform from Monday onwards.
The Central government has created the Co-WIN application dedicated to monitor real-time management of Covid-19 vaccination across the country.
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“Delhi assembly budget session to begin on March 8, Monday. Delhi Cabinet decided today,” Sisodia said in a Tweet.
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Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], March 2 (ANI): National Conference MP Farooq Abdullah on Tuesday got his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Science in Srinagar.
His son and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah urged people to get vaccinated and said that despite several health issues his 85-year-old father had taken the vaccine.
“Thank you to the doctors, nurses and staff at SKIMS, Srinagar. Today my 85-year-old father and my mother had their first COVID jab. My father has a number of health issues including being on immunosuppressants for a kidney transplant. If he can get the vaccine, you should as well,” Omar Abdullah tweeted.
India commenced its third phase of the COVID-19 vaccination drive to inoculate people above 60 years and those over 45 with comorbidities against the coronavirus from March 1.
As per the Health Ministry, a total of 1,48,54,136 people in the country have been vaccinated against COVID-19
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With 12,464 fresh recoveries, the cumulative discharges reached 1,07,98,921.The total coronavirus caseload in the country has gone up to 1,11,24,527, including 1,68,358 active cases and 1,57,248 deaths. (ANI)

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