Gujarat civic polls: BJP wins two municipalities, one taluka panchayat

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Ahmedabad: In a boost to BJP after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s demonetisation move, the party has captured two municipalities and one taluka panchayat in local bodies polls, the results of which were declared on Tuesday.

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In the ongoing vote counting, BJP is also ahead on 23 out of 31 other seats of various municipalities, taluka and district panchayats where by-polls were held.

As per the final result declared by the Gujarat State Election Commission, BJP has registered victory in Vapi municipality of Valsad district by capturing 41 out of total 44 seats.

Only three seats went to Congress in the recently held polls to this local body. Vapi municipality was earlier held by BJP.

Similarly, BJP made a near clean s...

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Former Uttar Pradesh Congress chief Rita Bahuguna Joshi to join BJP?

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Joshi was the face of the Congress in the 2012 Uttar Pradesh Assembly election, in which the party finished a poor fourth.

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Former Uttar Pradesh Congress chief Rita Bahuguna could join the BJP in the next few days. The 67-year-old MLA from Lucknow Cantonment has been chaffing at the bit ever since former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dixit and her new team took charge of the UPCC.

Though both her brother, Vijay Bahuguana and the BJP have feigned ignorance about the possibility of her joining the party, those in the know claim that negotiations with the BJP top brass are currently underway and it is just a matter of days before she is formally inducted into the party.

Her position in the Congress party had come und...

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BJP to hit UP election campaign trail in early November

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After Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Lucknow for Vijayadashami on Tuesday, the BJP is planning road shows and yatras across Uttar Pradesh in the run-up to the Assembly elections.

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In an indication that the recent surgical strikes across the Line of Control will be part of the party’s campaign, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, a Rajya Sabha member from the State, will address a few public meetings. BJP president Amit Shah will be in Lucknow on Friday to finalise the itinerary for four yatras, to be led by him and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and accompanied by Minister for Medium and Small-Scale Enterprises Kalraj Mishra.

“All the four yatras will end in Lucknow, criss-crossing the State, starting ...

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BJP wants a saffron politician as the President of India in 2017?

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NEW DELHI: After coming to power with an absolute majority in the Lok Sabha in 2014, the BJP is setting its eyes on creating history by installing a saffron politician as the President of India in 2017. It has begun calculations for the presidential polls as the party has its best shot at getting a person of its own choice to the top position, a top BJP source with knowledge of the matter said.

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“We have done state-wise calculations already. We find that the NDA has an edge of 22,078 votes (in presidential elections),” this person said. An advantage of 22,078 is wafer thin in presidential polls, as it amounts to just over 2% of the total value of the electoral college votes, which is 10,98,882...

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