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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.

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BSP Decision To Contest 11 Assembly Bypolls In Uttar Pradesh On Its Own Gives Jolt To SP

New Delhi: Jolted by the Bahujan Samaj Party’s (BSP) decision to contest the 11 assembly bypolls in Uttar Pradesh on its own which is in unlikely situation, the Samajwadi Party which is still smarting after a disastrous performance in the Lok Sabha elections, is scrambling for a response.

BSP chief Mayawati’s announcement on the UP by-polls in Delhi on Monday is being seen as an indication of the end of the SP-BSP alliance. “We don’t know how to react. She herself had said that the alliance is for keeps and the two parties will go to the 2022 UP poll together. The way she has blamed the SP for the poor poll results, indicate that she has called off the alliance though she has not said so yet. It’s better that we be cautious in what we say. We don’t want to make any premature comments and are waiting for party chief Akhilesh Yadav’s response and direction on it,” said a senior SP leader.

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India Says, Organisation Of Islamic Cooperation Does Not Have Any Locus Standi In Matters Related To Kashmir

New Delhi: India said the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) had “no locus standi” in matters related to Kashmir that is an integral part of the country. This has come days after the OIC appointed a special envoy for Jammu and Kashmir.

Yousef Aldobeay of Saudi Arabia, an assistant secretary general of OIC, was among four special envoys appointed at the grouping’s summit meeting in Makkah on May 31.

The development came almost two months after former foreign minister Sushma Swaraj represented India for the first time at a meeting of OIC foreign ministers in Abu Dhabi in March. At the time, Indian officials described her participation in the meet as a significant development in efforts to boost ties with West Asian states.

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AIADMK Fails To Get Ministerial Berth In The Modi Government Due To Failing To Arriving At A Consensus Candidate

New Delhi: The AIADMK met for an introspection with Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami (EPS) and Deputy CM, O Panneerselvam (OPS) holding discussions with each of the party district secretaries and MLAs at the former’s residence after the rout in the Lok Sabha poll in Tamil Nadu.

While OPS is convenor, EPS is the joint-convenor of the ruling party in Tamil Nadu. The exercise which lasted for nearly two hours had the twin objective of ascertaining the reasons for the party’s pathetic performance in the elections and to prepare it for the upcoming civic poll for the local bodies, AIADMK sources said.