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UP, Maharashtra And Bihar To Get New Party Chief Soon As They Are Now Minister In Modi Government

New Delhi: With Mahendra Nath Pandey, Danve Raosaheb Dadarao and Nityanand Rai head the BJP in Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and Bihar respectively being included in the Modi government their replacement is eminent very soon. All the three states are governed by a BJP or NDA government. The three states account for 168 Lok Sabha seats, almost 30% of the total strength of the Lok Sabha.

“There eventually will be a change in the leadership in these states,” the first BJP leader said. The party constitution allows for two terms but the chiefs will have to exit under its “one-man-one-post” rule, one of the two leaders said on condition of anonymity.

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BSP To Contest Assembly By-Elections On 11 Seats On Its Own; Starts Preparation For 2022 Assembly Polls

New Delhi: Bahujan Samaj Party that generally does not contest by-elections but its president Mayawati announced that her party would contest the upcoming by-elections on 11 Assembly seats that were vacated after the election of sitting MLAs to the Lok Sabha. The party has started preparations for the 2022 Assembly election.

Mayawati’s decision has surprised political observers as she had taken a policy decision, after losing power in 2012, to not contest any by-poll and focus on Lok Sabha and assembly polls.

A senior party leader, who did not wish to be named, said: “The party has bagged 10 Lok Sabha seats, yet it failed to get the desired result. Mayawati has decided to contest the by-poll to maintain momentum among party cadre and to gear them up for 2022 assembly polls,” he said.

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Surveillance Aircraft And Satellites Join Search Effort To Look For Aircraft That Lost Contact With Ground Staffers

New Delhi: Navy’s surveillance aircraft and ISRO’s satellites has joined in the massive search effort to look for the aircraft that lost contact with ground staffers more than 24 hours ago as civil and military agencies put more boots on the ground to locate the missing Indian Air Force An-32,.

Thirteen people were onboard – eight of them crew members – when the transport aircraft took off from Jorhat in Assam at 12.27 pm on its way to an advanced landing ground at Mechuka in Arunachal Pradesh’s West Siang district.

It disappeared from the radar 35 minutes later, just 70 km short of its destination Mechuka.

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ECI To Take A Call On Announcing Assembly Polls In Jammu And Kashmir After The Amarnath Yatra

New Delhi: The Election Commission of India said that it would take a call on announcing Assembly polls in Jammu and Kashmir after the Amarnath Yatra, which begins next month, even as former chief ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti criticised the local unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for backing the demand to lift the freeze on delimitation of assembly seats in the state.

The poll watchdog said it unanimously decided that “holding of assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir shall be considered later in this year”. The coalition government of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the BJP collapsed in June last year after the Amit Shah-led party said the alliance had become “untenable”.

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Yechury Says Many People Supporting Left In 2016 Assembly Polls Supported BJP In Recent LS Polls

New Delhi: Communist Party of India (Marxist) general secretary Sitaram Yechury said in Kolkata that many people who voted for the Left parties in Bengal even in the 2016 Assembly polls supported the Bharatiya Janata Party in the recent Lok Sabha elections.

This is the first CPI(M) admitted in public that its voters shifted allegiance to BJP in a state which the Left Front ruled from 1977 to 2011.This helped BJP win 18 seats, marking the party’s best ever performance in Bengal. This shift in voting pattern was reported by HT on May 25.

“This (voting for BJP) was the natural tendency among those for whom the priority was relief from terror and repression by TMC. And the section that wants to protect the secular fabric voted for TMC. This the result of an extreme polarisation between BJP and TMC. This polarisation is squeezing out the democratic space for other parties,” Yechury said at a press conference.