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BJP is expected to return to power in Uttarakhand



New Delhi, Sep 4: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) appears to be the winner of the electoral contest of 2022, getting three-cornered in the hilly state of Uttarakhand with the entry of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on the political landscape of state, according to the ABP-CVoter-IANS opinion poll.

According to the latest round of opinion poll, the BJP is expected to return to power in 2022, benefiting from the division of anti-incumbency votes between the Congress and AAP.

Also, the involvement of the Congress’ tallest leader Harish Rawat to find a solution of the party infighting in Punjab has dented prospects to dislodge the BJP government.

According to the survey data, the saffron party is expected to grab 43.1 per cent of votes, while the main opposition party Congress is likely to garner 32.6 per cent ballots and the new AAP is expected to receive 14.6 per cent.

Translated into seats, the BJP is projected to grab seats in a range of 44 to 48 seats, Congress is expected to win 19 to 23 seats and AAP is likely to grab 0 to 2 seats in the upcoming Assembly elections in the state.

The total strength of the Uttarakhand Assembly is 70 seats.

Interestingly, the survey data has revealed that Rawat is the most preferred candidate for the post of Chief Minister in the upcoming polls.

During the survey, while 30.6 per cent of the respondents stated that Rawat is their preferred choice, 25 per cent of those surveyed opined that they want sitting Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami to return to the top job.

Meanwhile, 19.6 per cent of those interviewed during the survey said that Anil Singh Baluni of the BJP is best choice for the post and 9.4 per cent opined in favour of Col. Ajay Kothiyal of the AAP.

Notably, a large proportion of the respondents expressed dissatisfaction with the performance of the BJP government in the state, which has witnessed a frequent change of guard in last six months.

During the survey, while 46.7 per cent of the respondents said that they were not satisfied at all with the performance of BJP government in the state, 35.4 per cent said that they very much satisfied and 16.4 per cent respondents stated they were satisfied to some extent.

As for the performance of the incumbent Chief Minister, while 36.4 per cent of the respondents said that they were very much satisfied, almost an equal number, 35.8 per cent stated that they were not satisfied at all, while 10.8 per cent said that they were satisfied to some extent.

Notably, the BJP has been grappling to find a credible face for the post of Chief Minister in Uttarakhand.

The state has witnessed frequent change of Chief Ministers; Dhami was appointed in July replacing Tirath Singh Rawat who held the post for four months.

Earlier, BJP had to remove Trivendra Singh Rawat as strong anti-incumbency had set in during his four-year tenure.

As for the performance of sitting legislators in the state, while 37.2 per cent of the respondents said they were not satisfied at all, an equal number stated that they were very much satisfied and 14.4 per cent felt that they were satisfied to some extent.

Interestingly, while one-third of the respondents, 32.3 per cent expressed satisfaction with the performance of opposition in the state, only 27.6 per cent stated that they were very much satisfied and 22.0 per cent opined that they were satisfied to some extent.

The survey data revealed that unemployment is biggest issue of concern for the voters in the state.

Out of those interviewed during the survey, 40.9 per cent said that unemployment was the main issue for them at the moment, while for 15.6 per cent, price rise was the key issue and for another 15.4 per cent Covid-19 was the main issue

The sample for the poll is 81,006 in five states covering 690 Assembly seats.

This state poll is part of the largest and definitive independent sample survey tracker series carried out in India over the last 22 years, conducted by independent international polling agency CVoter, a globally renowned name in the field of Socio-Economic research.

May 2009 onwards, the CVoter Tracker has been carried out each and every week, 52 waves in a calendar year, in 11 national languages, across all states in UTs in India, with a target sample size of 3,000 each wave.

The average response rate is 55 per cent.

Starting January 1, 2019, C Voter is carrying the tracker on DAILY basis, using the rollover sample of seven days (last six days + today) for tracker analysis.

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Call me “Dada”, not “Sir”, Tripura CM Biplab Kumar Deb to employees



Agartala: In what appears to be a step to boost the morale of the government employees, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Sunday asked the government employees to call him “Dada” instead of “Sir”. “Call me Dada, not sir. It enhances the warmth of the relationship”, Deb told a gathering of government employees.

Deb exhorted the government employees of the state especially ASHA and Anganwadi workers of the state asking them not to dishearten as the state government was eager to improve their pay structure.

“I salute the ASHA and Anganwadi workers of my state. The level of dedication that my sisters have shown during the pandemic period deserved applause. I know, they want to hear good news from me and I am assuring you all that this government will not disappoint anyone”, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb told a gathering of government employees at Badharghat sports school field organized by Vivekananda Vicha Manch (VVM).

VVM has emerged as a big platform of government employees, of late, and Sunday’s public rally was its first big gathering to thank the Chief Minister for the series of steps his government took for the welfare of the employees.

“I know what challenges you people are facing. Nothing is hidden in front of me. I am assuring you all everything will be taken care of in the due course of time”, he added.  Lauding the efforts of government employees Deb said, without them no government office can function.

“Due to the efforts of government employees, people can access the benefits of the state sponsored welfare schemes. But, for a prolonged period the employees did not get their right to do something freely. They were trapped in the clutches of unions. In the previous regime, Left sponsored unions used to enjoy supreme power which had reduced the whole work culture of the state to tatters. In 2018, you people showed courage and voted BJP to power”, said Deb.

“Despite fund constraints, the state government is positively working on the issues of DA and other factors pertaining to the interest of the government employees. Our government has already addressed a number of issues related to financial benefits. The ad-hoc promotion, increment for Group D, Group C employees, regularization of SSA teachers, seventh pay scale, UGC scale for professors, special benefit for LTC are to name a few. All these indicate what we want to do and we shall do what we promise”, the Chief Minister said.

The Chief Minister also asked the officials not to call him “sir” suggesting them to refer to him as “Dada” as it makes the relationship stronger and cherished. The Chief Minister also distributed clothes among children of Badharghat sports school during the programme. State BJP President Manik Saha, Minister Ram Prasad Paul, Minister Sushanta Chowdhury, MLA Mimi Majumder, state BJP Vice President and president of Vivekananda Vichar Manch Rajib Bhattacharjee also spoke on the occasion.

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MoS home’s son Ashish Mishra sent to judicial custody for 14 days



Lakhimpur: Son of Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra, Ashish Mishra, was produced before a court here late on the night of October 9, 2021, which sent him to 14-day judicial custody in connection with the October 3 Lakhimpur violence.

After around 12 hours of questioning in connection with the violence in which eight persons including four farmers were killed, a medical team examined Ashish Mishra in the crime branch office, after which he was taken for production before a judicial magistrate, who sent him to custody, senior prosecution officer SP Yadav.

He said an application for police remand of Ashish Mishra was submitted to the judicial magistrate who fixed it for hearing at 11 AM on October 11, 2021. Ashish Mishra was named in an FIR following allegations that he was in one of the vehicles that mowed down four farmers protesting over UP Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya’s visit last Sunday.

Farmer leaders and opposition parties had been demanding Mishra’s arrest but the minister and his son had denied the allegations.
Two BJP workers and their driver were allegedly lynched by angry farmers in the incident. Local journalist Raman Kashyap also died in the violence, which has triggered a political storm and put the BJP government on the back foot in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh.

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Mayawati questions the Congress on the killing of Dalit in Rajasthan



Lucknow: Selective outrage of the Congress is always criticised and Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati on October 10, 2021 took on the Congress and termed as “condemnable” the incidence of a Dalit person being beaten to death in Rajasthan’s Hanumangarh. The former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh questioned the silence of the Congress.

A Dalit man was allegedly beaten to death on October 7, 2021 by a group of men in Hanumangarh over his love affair, the Rajasthan police said. Three people have been detained in connection with the case on Saturday. There are several such cases on which the Congress keep blind eye.

Mayawati said: “Will the Chief Ministers of Chhattisgarh and Punjab go there and give Rs 50 lakh to the victim’s family? The BSP demands an answer, otherwise it should stop shedding crocodile tears in the name of the Dalits.”

On the Lakhimpur Kheri violence, she tweeted, “The cropping up of the name of the son of the Union minister in the Lakhimpur violence raises questions on the working style of the BJP government.” The BJP should sack the minister as only then will there be any hope of justice for the aggrieved farmers, she added.
Mayawati also said terrorists are killing innocent people almost everyday in Jammu and Kashmir, which is very sad and shameful. The BSP demands that the Centre should take some strong steps in this regard.

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