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Enemies for 2 decades, Mayawati, Mulayam on same stage in Mainpuri

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After being political rivals for over 24 years, Samajwadi Party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav and Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati would share a stage at a joint rally of the BSP-SP alliance in Mainpuri on Friday.

It will be the first time that Mulayam will share the stage with Mayawati since 1995 when the infamous guesthouse incident took place in Lucknow.

“Preparations are underway at Christian Field to send out a message that the alliance against the BJP in Uttar Pradesh shares a strong bond,” news agency PTI quoted a Samajwadi Party worker.

Mayawati, Akhilesh, and Ajit Singh will reach Mainpuri by air on Friday afternoon.

The SP founder has already reached Etawah to attend the rally. After landing at the Saifai airstrip on Thursday evening, he said “it will be a historic day”.

When asked about the rally, Mulayam said: “Ask those who are organising it. I have to address it. It will be a historic day. Big leaders of several parties are coming.”

In 1995, Samajwadi Party workers allegedly attacked a guest house where Mayawati was campaigning with her supporters. The attack led to Mayawati’s decision to withdraw from the government and join hands with the BJP.

Mulayam Singh is contesting Lok Sabha elections from Mainpuri had stayed away due to “health issues” from the three joint rallies held earlier in Agra, Badaun and Deoband.

The BJP has never won the Mainpuri seat. Mulayam first won the seat in 1996 and then again in 2004, 2009, and 2014 general elections. The SP also bagged the seat in the 1998 and 1999 Lok Sabha polls and in the 2004 and 2014 bypolls.

 

Chennai hotel offers 50% off in food bill for voters

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City-based Clarion Hotel President announced on Thursday that it was offering a 50 per cent off on the food bills of people who have voted in the polls for the 38 Lok Sabha seats and 18 Assembly constituencies of Tamil Nadu.

“We are offering 50 per cent discount for guests who show the proof of voting. The discount is available for breakfast, lunch and dinner buffet,” a hotel official said told IANS.

According to him, some eateries in malls have also offered discounted fare for voters.

Voting began across the state at 7 a.m., where about 5.8 crore voters will decide the fate of 822 candidates in the Lok Sabha polls and 269 in the Assemble by-polls.

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79% polling in Andhra Pradesh

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A little over 79 per cent voters cast their votes in the simultaneous elections to 175-member Andhra Pradesh Assembly and 25 Lok Sabha seats on Thursday, poll officials said on Friday.

Officials said 79.05 per cent turnout was recorded but this may go up further as final polling figure was yet to be received from Mangalagiri Assembly segment.

The polling percentage has gone up compared to 2014 elections when 77.80 per cent turnout was recorded.

The Election Commission has not yet taken a decision on the demand by some parties for a repoll in a few polling booths, where the poll process was affected by malfunctioning Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) or poll violence.

Two persons were killed and scores of others injured in clashes between workers of Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and YSR Congress Party (YSRCP).

The polling was marred by complaints of malfunctioning of EVMs in several booths. The polling in 400 polling stations continued beyond 6 p.m. and in some places voters cast their votes past midnight.

Authorities had set up 46,120 polling stations for a little over 3.93 crore voters.

There were 319 candidates in fray for Lok Sabha seats while 2,118 candidates contested the Assembly polls.

BJP may win 8, Trinamool to shine in WB: ABP-Nielsen

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The BJP could come up with its best ever showing by winning eight Lok Sabha seats in West Bengal but that will not be enough to stop the Trinamool Congress from finishing with 31 seats, three less than last time, according to an opinion poll.

The ABP News-Nielsen’s latest Opinion Poll has predicted that the Left Front, which ruled the state for a record 34 years from 1977 to 2011, may draw a blank while the Congress could keep itself afloat with three seats.

The Left Front led by the CPI-M bagged two seats last time and the Congress four.

The BJP, which won two seats in 2014, could do well in north Bengal as also in the southern district of North 24 Parganas, says the opinion poll, which predicts the BJP’s vote share to jump from 17.06 per cent from 2014 to 26 per cent now.

The Trinamool, which won 34 seats and got 39.4 per cent of votes in 2014, could end up with 37 per cent of the votes this time around.

The seats the BJP could win are Alipurduar, Raiganj, Darjeeling, Balurghat, Krishnanagar, Bongaon, Asansol and Barrackpur. It won Darjeeling and Asansol five years back.

The opinion poll predicted that the Congress, which is fighting alone after breakdown of its seat adjustment talks with the Left Front, could win Malda South, Jangipur and Baharampur.

The Trinamool was likely to make a clean sweep of the region in and around Kolkata by claiming all the seven seats – Kolkata North, Kolkata South, Jadavpur, Howrah, Dum Dum, Diamond Harobur and Uluberia.

It could also sweep the former Maoist affected western districts.

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TRS looks to Harish for LS poll salvage

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It’s not even two days since the TRS has submitted its list of ‘star campaigners’ for Lok Sabha polls to the Election Commission.

The list has 20 names of star campaigners but shockingly party’s senior MLA and mass leader T Harish Rao’s name was missing from the list.

The TRS has now submitted a ‘revised list’ to EC including Harish’s name in the list of star campaigners for Lok Sabha polls.

Everyone knows how TRS chief and CM KCR has been deliberately ignoring and sidelining Harish Rao in the party and the government after TRS won Assembly polls for second term in December last and after his son KTR was elevated to TRS working president post.

Everyone in political and party circles believe that this was done for the sake of KTR as KCR wants his son to have complete control over the party and the government.

But the recent political development backfired forcing TRS to look at party’s ‘trouble shooter’ to save the party from the present crisis.

The TRS has been facing rough weather politically when Lok Sabha polls are just two weeks away.

TRS lost MLC polls on Tuesday and on the other hand CM’s daughter Kavitha is lurking at the defeat in Nizamabad Lok Sabha seat with turmeric and red jowar farmers revolting against TRS and KCR and filing over 200 nominations to contest against Kavitha.

In these circumstances, KCR reportedly felt that no one in the party except Harish have the capability to tide away party from the present crisis.

Harish was immediately included in the star campaigners list and he was asked to visit Nizamabad to resolve the issues and also tour other constituencies to boost TRS prospects.

Harish’s episode again proved that no one can suppress a worthy leader or a worthy talent all the time.

NDA will marginally fall short of majority

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The BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) will fall marginally short of a majority in the Lok Sabha but will comfortably form the government with post poll tie-ups.

In the eventuality of no Mahagathbandhan (grand alliance of opposition parties) in Uttar Pradesh, the Narendra Modi-led NDA will walk home with over 300 Lok Sabha seats.

According to the latest State of the Nation opinion poll conducted by CVoter for IANS, the battle in Uttar Pradesh will largely decide the complexion of the next Lok Sabha.

The poll was conducted in the month of March when the Modi government took the bold decision of carrying out aerial strike on Jaish-E-Mohammad (JeM) terror camp in Pakistan, leading to a new wave of nationalism across the country.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is hoping to ride on this wave to drown the opposition and the opinion poll confirms that Prime Minister Modi is leading the race.

The poll has projected that the NDA will get 264 seats while the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) is expected to reach a tally of 141 and all other parties are expected to get 138 seats.

If there is no Mahagathbandhan in Uttar Pradesh, the NDA will get 307 seats and the UPA will settle for 139 and all other parties are expected to get 97.

In terms of seats, the BJP is expected to get 220 seats on its own and the allies are likely to get 44.

If NDA gets into a post poll alliance with parties like YSR Congress, Mizo National Front (MNF), Biju Janata Dal (BJD) and Telangana Rashtriya Samiti (TRS), the NDA tally will go up to 301.

In the UPA camp, the Congress is expected to get 86 and other partners will add up another 55.

If the UPA goes for post-poll alliance with parties like All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF), Left Democratic Front (LDF), MGB (Mahagathbandhan in UP), Trinamool Congress (TMC), its tally will go up to 226.

The BJP’s tally in Uttar Pradesh is likely to come down to 29 from 71 if it is pitched against a Mahagathbandhan. If there is no such grand alliance, then the BJP is expected to match its 2014 performance and get 72 seats.

The BJP is expected to make major chunk of seats from Bihar (36, up from 22 in 2014), Gujarat (24, two down from all 26 seats in the state bagged by the BJP), Karnataka (16, one down from 2014), Madhya Pradesh (24, two down from 26 won last time), Maharashtra (36, 13 more than 23 won in 2014), Odisha (12, against only 1 last time) and Rajasthan (20, four down from 2014).

The Congress will improve its 2014 tally of 44 by getting most of the seats from Assam (7, up from 3 in 2014), Chhattisgarh (5 against only 1 in last election), Kerala (14, one more than 2014), Karnataka (9, same as last time), Jharkhand (5, a seat less than last time), Madhya Pradesh (5, against 3 last time), Maharashtra (7, a marginal improvement from 4 in 2014), Punjab (12 against 3 last time), Rajasthan (5, up from nil in 2014), Tamil Nadu (4 against nil last time) and Uttar Pradesh (4, up from 2).

In terms of vote share, the NDA is likely to get 31.1 percent of votes against 30.9 for the UPA. The other parties are likely to get 28 percent.