Odisha Pancahyat Elections: 77% Voter Turnout in Remaining Part

Bhubaneswar: An average of 77 percent of the electorate today cast their votes amidst tight security in the last and final phase of the three-tier Panchayat election in Odisha.
“Polling was conducted peacefully through out Odisha including Maoist hit areas except some minor disturbance,” State Election Commissioner Rabinarayan Senapati told reporters.
He said the polling was held today in 16,148 wards of 1,173 gram panchayats under 58 blocks and 150 Zilla Parishad constituencies spread over 26 of the 30 districts of the state. The rural polls were completed in four districts of Angul, Boudh, Jharsuguda and Malkangiri in four previous phases, Senapati said.
Senapati informed that though polling was held at 26-Belpada Zilla Parisahd Zone in Bolangir district on Tuesday, its results will not be declared along with others on February 25. While highest voter turn out of 88 percent was reported in Subarnapur district while the lowest 67 percent polling had been received in Ganjam district.
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In Uttar Pradesh’s Bundelkhand, Younger Voters Keep in mind Damaged Guarantees

Atarra, Banda: The news constantly on 19-year-old Shalini Gupta’s mind is of PhD holders applying for jobs as safai karamcharis, news that repeatedly came out of her home state of Uttar Pradesh over the course of 2016.
Shalini, a final year BSc. student at Bundelkhand University, is worried at the utter lack of jobs available for her and others her age.
As the fourth of UP’s seven Assembly election phases looms over the state’s Bundelkhand region, on 23 February, first time voters such as her, in the small town of Atarra in Bundelkhand’s Banda district, of look on it with bemusement and barely there expectations of change.
“Every party is campaigning now, but we don’t know who to trust,” said 20-year-old Saket, who teaches maths to class eight students in a local school. “After elections who will remember us? Whoever wins will say, we don’t know you.”Some 30 km outside of the congested Banda town, Atarra, typical of most hinterland towns, is situated on either side of the main Banda ..

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‘Thulla’ Comment Row: Delhi HC Extends Keep on Kejriwal’s Look

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday extended the stay on a trial court order summoning Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in a criminal defamation complaint filed against him by a constable.
Justice Mukta Gupta, while extending the relief till July 17, asked the Chief Minister to file his rejoinder to the reply by Delhi Police constable Anil Kumar Taneja, who has sought dismissal of Kejriwal's petition seeking stay and quashing of the trial court's order summoning him in a case. Initially on July 13 last year, the high court had granted the relief.
Opposing the Chief Minister's plea, the constable in his reply had alleged that Kejriwal had “crossed all limits of decency” by using the insulting word 'Thulla' for a policemen in an interview in a news channel.
Taneja, who had filed the criminal defamation complaint filed on July 23, 2015, had claimed that by using the word, Kejriwal “has intentionally insulted entire Delhi Police force as a whole and caus..

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Submit-voting, BJP, Shiv Sena Declare Tide in Their Favour in Mumbai

Mumbai: Minutes after voting ended in Mumbai on Tuesday, the Shiv Sena and BJP rushed to claim a tide in their favour going by the turnout for the polls to the country's richest civic body.
In Mumbai, the polling percentage was 41.32 percent till 3.30 pm, closer to the turnout of 45 percent in 2012. Though the final figure was not yet known, officials said the overall percentage will be higher than the last time.
Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant said “a massive” turnout in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) polls means there is a “big wave” against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his demonetisation exercise.
“The massive voter turnout indicates that people are with the Shiv Sena and there is a big wave against Modi and demonetisation that caused endless hardship to people. The Sena is the only choice of people,” Sawant said.
“The way Uddhavji addressed his rallies, full of passion, aggression and concern for people, has touched the minds and hearts of people. This prompted th..

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