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ADB to provide $350m loan for power asset upgrades in Madhya Pradesh

ADB's $350 million loan will fund about 1,800 circuit kilometers of transmission lines and more than 3,100 circuit kilometers of distribution lines to bring more power to Madhya Pradesh.
ADB's $350 million loan will fund about 1,800 circuit kilometers of transmission lines and more than 3,100 circuit kilometers of distribution lines to bring more power to Madhya Pradesh.
The Manila-based Asian Development Bank (ADB) today said it had approved a $350 million loan for power asset upgrades in Madhya Pradesh that will allow the state to meet booming consumer demand for power.
 
“The state has made impressive network gains in recent years but demand is outstripping supply, and the quality of electricity needs further improvements, especially in rural areas,” said Mr Herath Gunatilake, Lead Energy Economist in ADB's South Asia Department.
 
“Our assistance for transmission and distribution improvements will help Madhya Pradesh’s efforts to provide good quality power, 24 hours a day," he said.
 
A press release from ADB said that Madhya Pradesh, whose economy is growing at a quicker rate than the national average, was expected to see its demand for electricity rise by about 11% a year between fiscal years 2013 to 2017, resulting in a potential transmission and distribution capacity gap of about 20%. 
 
The mismatch between supply and demand has caused regular load shedding in the past, and currently only about two-thirds of all households are connected to the system, it said.
 
The Madhya Pradesh Power Transmission and Distribution System Improvement Project will carry out physical upgrades to increase capacity and deliver power more efficiently. It will fund about 1,800 circuit kilometers of transmission lines and more than 3,100 circuit kilometers of distribution lines, as well as building or upgrading transmission and distribution substations, the release said.
 
Training and other support will be given to staff of the Madhya Pradesh Power Transmission Company, as well as three state distribution companies, to strengthen their management capabilities and to make the companies more financially sustainable and service oriented.
 
The project will build on previous ADB investments in the state’s power sector - including transmission and distribution assets - totaling more than $1.3 billion since 2001. 
 
Along with ADB’s loan from ordinary capital resources, the Government of India will provide $150 million for a total investment cost of $500 million. It will run for about four and a half years with an estimated completion date of December 2018, the release added.
 
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List of winning candidates in Madhya Pradesh Assembly elections

 
The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won 165 seats in the elections to the 230-member Madhya Pradesh Legislative Assembly to get a third consecutive term in office.
 
The Congress had to rest content with 58 seats, while the Bahujan Samaj Party won four and independents three.
 
The following is the list of winning candidates:
 
AGAR: MANOHAR OONTWAL (BJP)
ALIRAJPUR: CHOUHAN NAGARSINGH (BJP)
ALOTE: JITENDRA THAVARCHAND GEHLOT (BJP)
AMARPATAN: RAJENDRA KUMAR SINGH DADABHAI (CONGRESS)
AMARWARA: KAMLESH SHAH (CONGRESS)
AMBAH : SATYAPRAKASH (BSP)
AMLA: CHAITRAM MANEKAR (BJP)
ANUPPUR: RAMLAL RAUTEL (BJP)
ASHOK NAGAR: GOPILAL JATAV (BJP)
ASHTA: RANJEET SINGH GUNWAN (BJP)
ATER: SATYADEV KATARE (CONGRESS)
BADNAGAR: MUKESH PANDYA (BJP)
BADNAWAR: BHANVARSINGH SHEKHAWAT (BJP)
BADWAHA: HITENDRA SINH DHYAN SINH SOLANKI (BJP)
BADWARA: MOTI KASHYAP (BJP)
BAGLI: CHAMPALAL DEVDA (BJP)
BAHORIBAND: PRABHAT PANDEY (BADE BABBU) (BJP)
BAIHAR: SANJAY UIEKE (CONGRESS)
BALAGHAT: GOURISHANKAR CHATURBHUJ BISEN (BJP)
BAMORI: MAHENDRA SINGH SISODIA (SANJU BHAIYA) (CONGRESS)
BANDA: HARVANSH (SUKKU BHAIYA) (BJP)
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BANDHAVGARH: GYAN SINGH (BJP)
BARGHAT: KAMAL MARSKOLE (BJP)
BARGI: PRATIBHA SINGH (BJP)
BARWANI (S.T.): RAMESH PATEL (CONGRESS)
BASODA: NISHANK (CONGRESS)
BEOHARI: RAM PAL SINGH (CONGRESS)
BERASIA: VISHNU KHATRI (BJP)
BETUL: HEMANT VIJAY KHANDELWAL (BJP)
BHAGWANPURA: VIJAY SINGH (CONGRESS)
BHAINSDEHI: MAHENDRA KESHARSINGH CHOUHAN (BJP)
BHANDER: GHANSHYAM PIRONIYA (BJP)
BHIKANGAON: JHUMA SOLANKI (CONGRESS)
BHIND: NARENDRA SINGH KUSHWAH (BJP)
BHITRWAR: LAKHAN SINGH YADAV (CONGRESS)
BHOJPUR: SURENDRA PATWA (BJP)
BHOPAL DAKSHINA-PASHCHIM: UMASHANKAR GUPTA (BJP)
BHOPAL MADHYA: SURENDRA NATH SINGH (BJP)
BHOPAL UTTAR: ARIF AQUEEL (CONGRESS)
BIAORA: NARAYAN SINGH PANWAR (BJP)
BICHHIYA: PANDIT SINGH DHURWEY (BJP)
BIJAWAR: GUDDAN PATHAK (PUSHPENDRA NATH) (BJP)
BINA: MAHESH RAI (BJP)
BUDHNI: SHIVRAJ SINGH CHOUHAN (BJP)
BURHANPUR: ARCHNA CHITNIS DIDI (BJP)
CHACHODA: MAMTA MEENA (BJP)
CHANDERI: GOPAL SINGH CHAUHAN DAGGI RAJA (CONGRESS)
CHANDLA: R D PRAJAPATI (BJP)
CHHATARPUR: LALITA YADAV (BJP)
CHHINDWARA: CHOUDHARY CHANDRABHANSINGH KUBERSINGH (BJP)
CHITRAKOOT: PREM SINGH (CONGRESS)
CHITRANGI: SARASWATI SINGH (CONGRESS)
CHURAI: PT. RAMESH DUDEY (BJP)
CHURHAT: AJAY ARJUN SINGH (CONGRESS)
DABARA: IMARTI DEVI (CONGRESS)
DAMOH: JAYANT MALAIYA (BJP)
DATIA: NAROTTAM MISHRA (BJP)
DEORI: HARSH YADAV (CONGRESS)
DEOTALAB: GIRISH GAUTAM (BJP)
DEPALPUR: MANOJ NIRBHAYSINGH PATEL (BJP)
DEVSAR: RAJENDRA MESHRAM (BJP)
DEWAS: TUKOJIRAO PUAR (BJP)
DHAR: NEENA VIKRAM VERMA (BJP)
DHARAMPURI: KALUSINGH THAKUR (BJP)
DHOUHANI: KUNWAR SINGH TEKAM (BJP)
DIMANI: BALVEER SINGH DANDOTIYA (BSP)
DINDORI: OMKAR SINGH MARKAM (CONGRESS)
DR.AMBEDKAR NAGAR - MHOW: KAILASH VIJAYVARGIYA (BJP)
GADARWARA: GOVIND SINGH PATEL (BJP)
GANDHWANI: UMANG SINGHAR (CONGRESS)
GAROTH: RAJESH YADAV DHARMVEER SINGH (BJP)
GHATIYA: SATISH MALVIYA (BJP)
GHODADONGRI: SAJJAN SINGH UEIKEY (BJP)
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GOHAD: LAL SINGH ARYA (BJP)
GOTEGAON: DR. KAILASH JATAV (BJP)
GOVINDPURA: BABOOLAL GOUR (BJP)
GUNA: PANNALAL SHAKYA (BJP)
GUNNOUR: MAHENDRA SINGH (BJP)
GURH: SUNDAR LAL TIWARI (CONGRESS)
GWALIOR: JAI BHAN SINGH PAWAIYA (BJP)
GWALIOR EAST: MAYA SINGH (MAMI) (BJP)
GWALIOR RURAL: BHARAT SINGH KUSHWAH (BJP)
GWALIOR SOUTH: NARAYAN SINGH KUSHWAH (BJP)
HARDA: R K DOGNE (CONGRESS)
HARSUD: KUVAR VIJAY SHAH (BJP)
HATPIPLIYA: DEEPAK KAILASH JOSHI (BJP)
HATTA: UMADEVI-LALCHAND KHATIK (BJP)
HOSHANGABAD: SITA SHARAN SHARMA (BJP)
HUZUR: RAMESHWAR SHARMA (BJP)
ICHHAWAR: SHAILENDRA RAMESH CHANDRA PATEL (CONGRESS)
INDORE-1: ARYA SUDARSHAN GUPTA (BJP)
INDORE-2: RAMESH MENDOLA (BJP)
INDORE-3: USHA THAKUR (DIDI) (BJP)
INDORE-4: MALINI LAXMAN SINGH GAUR (BJP)
INDORE-5: MAHENDRA HARDIA (BJP)
JABALPUR CANTT: ASHOK ISHWARDAS ROHANI (BJP)
JABALPUR EAST: ANCHAL SONKAR (BJP)
JABALPUR NORTH: SHARAD JAIN ADVOCATE (BJP)
JABALPUR WEST: TARUN BHANOT (CONGRESS)
JABERA: PRATAP SINGH (CONGRESS)
JAISINGHNAGAR: PRAMILA SINGH (BJP)
JAITPUR: JAI SINGH MARAVI (BJP)
JAORA: RAJENDRA PANDEY (BJP)
JATARA: AHIRWAR DINESH KUMAR (CONGRESS)
JAURA: SUBEDAR SINGH (BJP)
JAWAD: OM PRAKASH SAKHLECHA (BJP)
JHABUA: SHANTILAL BILWAL (BJP)
JOBAT: MADHOSINGH DAWAR (BJP)
JUNNARDEO: NATHAN SHAH KEVRETI (BJP)
KALAPIPAL: INDERSINGH PARMAR (BJP)
KARERA: SHAKUNTLA KHATIK (CONGRESS)
KASRAWAD: SACHIN SUBHASHCHANDRA YADAV (CONGRESS)
KATANGI: K. D. DESHMUKH (BJP)
KEOLARI: RAJNEESH HARBANSH SINGH (CONGRESS)
KHANDWA: DEVENDRA VERMA (BJP)
KHARGAPUR: CHANDA - SURENDRA SINGH GAUR (CONGRESS)
KHARGONE: BALKRISHAN PATIDAR (BJP)
KHATEGAON: AASHISH GOVIND SHARMA (BJP)
KHILCHIPUR: KUNWAR HAJARILAL DANGI (BJP)
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KHURAI: BHOOPENDRA BHAIYA (BJP)
KOLARAS: RAM SINGH YADAV (CONGRESS)
KOTAMA: MANOJ KUMAR AGRAWAL (CONGRESS)
KUKSHI: SURENDRASINGH HANI BAGHEL (CONGRESS)
KURWAI (SC): VEERSINGH PANWAR (BJP)
LAHAR: GOVIND SINGH (CONGRESS)
LAKHANADON: YOGENDRA SINGH (BABA) (CONGRESS)
LANJI: HINA LIKHIRAM KAWARE (CONGRESS)
MAHARAJPUR: MANVENDRA SINGH (BJP)
MAHESHWAR: MEV RAJKUMAR (BJP)
MAHIDPUR: BHADURSINGH CHOUHAN (BJP)
MAIHAR: NARAYAN PRASAD (CONGRESS)
MALHARA: AHIR REKHA YADAV (BJP)
MALHARGARH: JAGDISH DEWRA (BJP)
MANAPUR: MEENA SINGH (BJP)
MANASA: KAILASH CHAWLA (BJP)
MANAWAR: RANJANA BAGHEL (BJP)
MANDHATA: LOKENDRA SINGH TOMAR (BJP)
MANDLA: SANJEEV CHHOTE LAL UIKEY (CONGRESS)
MANDSOUR: YASHPAL SINGH SISODIYA (BJP)
MANGAWAN: SHEELA TYAGI (BSP)
MAUGANJ: SUKHENDRA SINGH (BANNA) (CONGRESS)
MEHGAON: CHOUDHARY MUKESH SINGH CHATURVEDI (BJP)
MORENA: RUSTAM SINGH (BJP)
MUDWARA: SANDIP SHRIPRASAD JAISWAL (BJP)
MULTAI: CHANDRASHEKHAR DESMUKH (BJP)
MUNGAOLI: MAHENDRA SINGH KALUKHEDA (CONGRESS)
NAGADA - KHACHAROD: DILIP SINGH SHEKHAWAT (BJP)
NAGOD: YADAVENDRA SINGH (CONGRESS)
NARELA: VISHWAS SARANG (BJP)
NARSINGHGARH: GIRISH BHANDARI (CONGRESS)
NARSINGPUR: JALAM SINGH PATEL (MUNNA BHAIYA) (BJP)
NARYAWALI: ENGG PRADEEP LARIYA (BJP)
NEEMUCH: DILIP SINGH PARIHAR (BJP)
NEPANAGAR: RAJENDRA SHYAMLAL DADU(RAJU BHAIYYA) (BJP)
NIWARI: ANIL JAIN (BJP)
NIWAS: RAMPYARE KULASTE (BJP)
PANAGAR: SUSHEEL KUMAR TIWARI (INDU BHAIYA) (BJP)
PANDHANA: YOGITA NAVALSING BORKER (BHABHI) (BJP)
PANDHURNA: JATAN UIKY (CONGRESS)
PANNA: KUSUM SINGH MAHDELE (BJP)
PANSEMAL (S.T.): DIWANSINGH VITHAL PATEL (BJP)
PARASIYA: SOHANLAL VALMIK (CONGRESS)
PARASWADA: MADHU BHAGAT (CONGRESS)
PATAN: NEELESH AWASTHI (CONGRESS)
PATHARIYA: LAKHAN PATEL (BJP)
PAWAI: PANDIT MUKESH NAYAK (CONGRESS)
PETLAWAD: NIRMALA DILIPSINGH BHURIYA (BJP)
PICHHORE: K.P.SINGH KAKKAJU (CONGRESS)
PIPARIYA: THAKUR DAS NAGWANSHI (BJP)
POHARI: PRAHLAD BHARTI (BJP)
PRITHVIPUR: ANITA-SUNIL NAYAK (BJP)
PUSPRAJGARH: PHUNDELAL SINGH MARKO (CONGRESS)
RAGHOGARH: JAIVARDHAN SINGH (CONGRESS)
RAIGAON: USHA CHOUDHARY (BSP)
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RAJGARH: AMARSINGH YADAV (BJP)
RAJNAGAR: KUN. VIKRAM SINGH URF. NATI RAJA (CONGRESS)
RAJPUR (S.T.): BALA BACHCHAN (CONGRESS)
RAMPUR BAGHELAN: HARSH SINGH (BJP)
RATLAM CITY: CHETANYA KUMAR KASHYAP (BJP)
RATLAM RURAL: MATHURALAL (BJP)
RAU: JITU PATWARI (CONGRESS)
REHLI: GOPAL BHARGAVA (BJP)
REWA: RAJENDRA SHUKLA (BJP)
SABALAGADH: MEHARBAN SINGH RAWAT (BJP)
SAGAR: SHAILENDRA JAIN (BJP)
SAILANA: SANGEETA VIJAY CHAREL (BJP)
SANCHI (SC): GOURISHANKAR SHEJWAR (BJP)
SANWER: RAJESH SONKAR (BJP)
SARANGPUR: KUNWARJI KOTHAR (BJP)
SARDARPUR: WELSINGH BHURIYA (BJP)
SATNA: SHANKARLAL TIWARI (BJP)
SAUSAR: NANABHAU MOHOD (BJP)
SEHORE: SUDESH RAI (INDEPENDENT)
SEMARIYA: NEELAM ABHEY MISHRA (BJP)
SENDHWA (S.T.): ANTARSINGH RAOJI ARYA (BJP)
SEONI: DINESH RAI ( MUNMUN) (INDEPENDENT)
SEONI MALWA: SARTAJ SINGH (BJP)
SEWDA: PRADEEP AGARWAL (BJP)
SHAHPURA: OMPRAKASH DHURWEY (BJP)
SHAJAPUR: ARUN BHIMAWAD (BJP)
SHAMSHABAD: SURYA PRAKASH MEENA (BJP)
SHEOPUR: DURGALAL VIJAY (BJP)
SHIVPURI: YASHODHARA RAJE SCINDHIYA (BJP)
SHUJALPUR: JASWANTSINGH HADA (BJP)
SIDHI: KEDAR NATH SHUKLA (BJP)
SIHAWAL: KAMLESHWAR INDRAJEETKUMAR (CONGRESS)
SIHORA: NANDHANI MARAVI (BJP)
SILWANI: RAMPAL SINGH (BJP)
SINGAROULI: RAM LALLU VAISHYA (BJP)
SIRMOUR: DIVYARAJ SINGH (BJP)
SIRONJ: GOVARDHAN LAL (CONGRESS)
SOHAGPUR: VIJAYPAL SINGH (BJP)
SONKATCH: RAJENDRA PHULCHAND VERMA (BJP)
SUMAOLI: SATYAPAL SINGH (BJP)
SURKHI: PARUL SAHU KESARI (BJP)
SUSNER: MURLIDHAR PATIDAR (BJP)
SUWASRA: HARDEEP SINGH DUNG (CONGRESS)
TARANA: ANIL FIROJIYA (BJP)
TENDUKHEDA: SANJAY SHARMA (BJP)
TEONTHAR: PD. RAMAKANT TIWARI (BJP)
THANDLA: KALSINGH BHABAR (INDEPENDENT)
TIKAMGARH: K K SHRIVASTAVA (BJP)
TIMARNI: SANJAY SHAH MAKDAI (BJP)
UDAIPURA: RAMKISHAN PATEL (BJP)
UJJAIN NORTH: PARASCHANDRA JAIN (BJP)
UJJAIN SOUTH: MOHAN YADAV (BJP)
VIDISHA: SHIVRAJ SINGH CHAUHAN (BJP)
VIJAYPUR: RAMNIWAS RAWAT (CONGRESS)
VIJAYRAGHAVGARH: SANJAY PATHAK (CONGRESS)
WARASEONI: YOGENDRA NIRMAL (BJP)
 
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It's 0-4 against Congress as it loses in Delhi, Rajasthan, MP, Chhattisgarh

In a major setback ahead of next year's Lok Sabha elections, the Congress on Sunday was handed out a 0-4 rout in the Assembly elections in four states -- Delhi, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh -- that also saw the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) make a stunning electoral debut in the capital.

 
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In a major setback ahead of next year's Lok Sabha elections, the Congress was today handed out a 0-4 rout in the Assembly elections in four states -- Delhi, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh -- that also saw the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) make a stunning electoral debut in the capital.
 
As counting of votes progressed in the four states, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led by Ms Vasundhara Raje scored wrested power from the Congress with a spectacular win in Rajasthan and returned to power for the third successive term in Madhya Pradesh under the leadership of Chief Minister Shivrajsingh Chauhan.
 
The BJP also emerged as the single largest party, five short of a majority in Delhi, but drew immense satisfaction from the fact that the Congress had been pushed back to a poor third, behind AAP, led by bureaucrat-turned-RTI activisit-turned-politician Arvind Kejriwal, whose tally was 28, seen as amazing for a party making its maiden foray into electoral politics.
 
In Chhattisgarh, the BJP led by Chief Minister Raman Singh, made it a hat-trick, outperforming the Congress in a close contest.
 
For the Congress, it was bad news all the way. It fell behind right at the start of the counting in Rajasthan, Delhi and Madhya Pradesh, and could never make up as the day progressed. In Chhattisgarh, it appeared in with a chance in the early stages of the counting, but the BJP pulled away into the lead towards the end and stayed there.
 
In Mizoram, the fifth state that went to the polls, counting of votes will be taken up tomorrow.
 
Polling was conducted in Chhattisgarh in two phases on November 11 and 19, while Madhya Pradesh and Mizoram went to the polls on November 25, Rajasthan on December 1 and Delhi on December 4.
 
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Polling in one of the 200 constituencies in Rajasthan -- Churu -- has been adjourned to December 13 following the death of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) candidate.
 
In Rajasthan, where results of all 199 seats for which elections were held are out, the BJP ended with 162 seats in the 200-member house, while the Congress was way behind with just 21 seats, its worst showing in the desert state ever.
 
The National People's Party won four seats, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) three, the National Unionist Zamindara Party two and independents seven.
 
In Delhi, the BJP emerged as the single largest party in the 70-member house with 31 seats. AAP won 28 seats, while the Congress was a distant third with just eight. The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), an ally of the BJP, the Janata Dal (United) and an independent won one each.
 
In Madhya Pradesh, the BJP won 165 seats, while the Congress bagged 58. The BSP won four seats and independent candidates picked up three.
 
In Chhattisgarh, the ruling BJP had won 48 seats and was ahead in the lone seat for which the results were pending. The Congress ended up with 39 seats, while the BSP and an independent took one seat each.
 
The term of the Assembly is due to expire on January 4, 2014 in Chhattisgarh, December 12 this year in Madhya Pradesh, December 15 in Mizoram, December 31 in Rajasthan and December 17 in Delhi.
 
In bye-elections, the BJP retained the Surat West Assembly seat in Gujarat, with is candidate Purnesh Modi defeating the Congress nominee D L Patel by more than 66,000 votes.
 
In Tamil Nadu, All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) nominee P Saroja won the bye-election for the Yercaud assembly seat, defeating the DMK candidate V Maran by more than 78,000 votes.
 
The Election Commission normally tries to hold elections to legislative assemblies of states whose terms expire around the same time, together.
 
The BJP is ruling Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh for the past 10 years, while the Congress had wrested Rajasthan from it in the last elections. In Delhi, the Congress has been in power for the past 15 years.
 
The Chhattisgarh Assembly has 90 seats (including 10 reserved for Scheduled Castes and 29 for Scheduled Tribes). The number of seats is 230 in Madhya Pradesh (35 SC,  47 ST), 40 in Mizoram (39 ST), 200 in Rajasthan (34 SC, 25 ST) and 70 in Delhi (12 SC).
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For the first time, electors who did not want to vote for any of the candidates in the fray in their constituency, could exercise the "None of the above" (NOTA) option on the electronic voting machines (EVMs).
 
The Assembly elections in these five States are being seen as a sort of "semi-final" before the 2014 Lok Sabha polls and have, thus, aroused a lot of interest among the people.
 
The voter turnout was quite high, with Delhi recording 65% voting, while it was 81% in Mizoram, 74% in Rajasthan and more than 70% in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.
 
In Delhi, Ms Dikshit, who lost to Mr Kejriwal in the New Delhi constituency by a huge margin, tendered her resignation to the Lt. Governor and told newspersons that the party would have to analyse what went wrong.
 
The mood at the AAP office in the capital was celebratory, with thousands of party workers, donning their trademark caps, converging there as the results started coming in.
 
In Rajasthan, Chief Minister Gehlot said his party had not been able to showcase the work it had done for the development of the state.
 
Ms Raje, who will return to the Chief Minister's office after a gap of five years, said, "We dedicate this win to the people of Rajasthan and workers who toiled hard."
 
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Congress decimated in Delhi, Rajasthan; BJP retains MP; close race in Chhattisgarh

In what can only be bad news for it ahead of next year's Lok Sabha elections, the Congress was decimated in Delhi and Rajasthan even as the BJP not only added the two states to its kitty but also retained Madhya Pradesh and had a slight edge in Chhattisgarh as votes were counted on Sunday in the crucial Assembly polls held recently.

Electoral officials counting votes for the Delhi Assembly elections at a centre in New Delhi on December 8, 2013.
Electoral officials counting votes for the Delhi Assembly elections at a centre in New Delhi on December 8, 2013.
In what can only be bad news for it ahead of next year's Lok Sabha elections, the Congress was decimated in Delhi and Rajasthan even as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) not only added the two states to its kitty but also retained Madhya Pradesh and had a slight edge in Chhattisgarh as votes were counted today in the crucial Assembly polls held recently.
 
In Delhi, the big story was the stunning display put up by the newly-floated Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) led by bureaucrat-turned-RTI activist-turned politician Arvind Kejriwal in its electoral debut.
 
For the Congress, it was bad news all the way. It lost in Delhi, where its Sheila Dikshit had held sway for three consecutive terms as Chief Minister, and in Rajasthan, where the Ashok Gehlot government was routed by the BJP led by Ms Vasundhara Raje.
 
In Madhya Pradesh, Mr Shivrajsingh Chauhan led the BJP to its third consecutive win.
 
In Chhattisgarh, it was a close race, with the BJP, led by Dr Raman Singh, having a slight edge as the counting of votes progressed.
 
In Mizoram, the fifth state that went to the polls, counting of votes will be taken up tomorrow.
 
Polling was conducted in Chhattisgarh in two phases on November 11 and 19, while Madhya Pradesh and Mizoram went to the polls on November 25, Rajasthan on December 1 and Delhi on December 4.
 
Polling in one of the 200 constituencies in Rajasthan -- Churu -- has been adjourned to December 13 following the death of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) candidate.
 
In Delhi, where counting trends were available for all 70 seats, the BJP had won 20 seats and was ahead in 12 more, while the AAP has put up an impressive display, wining 12 and leading in 14 more.
 
The Congress was placed a poor third, winning four and leading in five more. The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), an ally of the BJP, won one seat and the Janata Dal (United) was leading in one constituency. An independent was ahead in one seat.
 
In Rajasthan, trends available for 197 of the 199 seats for which polling was held showed that the BJP was headed for a spectacular win as it won 64 seats and was ahead in 91 others.
 
The Congress was way behind, winning seven and leading in 15 others, its worst-ever showing in the desert state.
 
The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) was leading in three seats, the National People's Party in six, the National Unionist Zamindra Party in two and the Samajwadi Party in one. Independents had won one seat and were leading in seven more.
 
In Madhya Pradesh, with trends available from all but one of the 230 constituencies, the BJP had won 23 seats and was ahead in 131, while the Congress had won seven and was leading in 59.
 
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The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) was leading in five, the Samajwadi Party In one and independents in three.
 
In Chhattisgarh, as counting trends became available for 89 of the 90 seats, the ruling BJP had won two and was leading in 43 more. The Congress was leading in 43, while the BSP was ahead in one.
 
In Delhi, Ms Dikshit, who was trailing behind Mr Kejriwal in the New Delhi constituency by a huge margin, tendered her resignation to the Lt. Governor and told newspersons that the party would have to analyse what went wrong.
 
The mood at the AAP office in the capital was celebratory, with thousands of party workers, donning their trademark caps, converging there as the results started coming in.
 
In Rajasthan, Chief Minister Gehlot said his party had not been able to showcase the work it had done for the development of the state.
 
Ms Raje, who will return to the Chief Minister's office after a gap of five years, said, "We dedicate this win to the people of Rajasthan and workers who toiled hard."
 
The term of the Assembly is due to expire on January 4, 2014 in Chhattisgarh, December 12 this year in Madhya Pradesh, December 15 in Mizoram, December 31 in Rajasthan and December 17 in Delhi.
 
Bye-elections to the Surat West Assembly constituency of Gujarat and Yercaud constituency of Tamil Nadu Assembly were also held on December 4.
 
The Election Commission normally tries to hold elections to legislative assemblies of states whose terms expire around the same time, together.
 
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The BJP is ruling Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh for the past 10 years, while the Congress had wrested Rajasthan from it in the last elections. In Delhi, the Congress has been in power for the past 15 years.
 
The Chhattisgarh Assembly has 90 seats (including 10 reserved for Scheduled Castes and 29 for Scheduled Tribes). The number of seats is 230 in Madhya Pradesh (35 SC,  47 ST), 40 in Mizoram (39 ST), 200 in Rajasthan (34 SC, 25 ST) and 70 in Delhi (12 SC).
 
For the first time, electors who did not want to vote for any of the candidates in the fray in their constituency, could exercise the "None of the above" (NOTA) option on the electronic voting machines (EVMs).
 
The Assembly elections in these five States are being seen as a sort of "semi-final" before the 2014 Lok Sabha polls and have, thus, aroused a lot of interest among the people.
 
The voter turnout was quite high, with Delhi recording 65% voting, while it was 81% in Mizoram, 74% in Rajasthan and more than 70% in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.
 
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Congress routed in Delhi, Rajasthan; BJP retains MP; close race in Chhattisgarh

The Congress was voted out in Delhi and Rajasthan, while the BJP retained Madhya Pradesh and the two parties were locked in a close race in Chhattisgarh as counting of votes progressed on Sunday in four of the five states where crucial Assembly polls were held recently, just months ahead of next year's Lok Sabha elections.

Voters standing in queues to cast their vote for the Delhi Assembly election, at a polling booth, in New Delhi on December 4, 2013.
Voters standing in queues to cast their vote for the Delhi Assembly election, at a polling booth, in New Delhi on December 4, 2013.
 
The Congress, the main constituent of the ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) at the Centre, was voted out in Delhi and Rajasthan, while the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) retained Madhya Pradesh and the two parties were locked in a close race in Chhattisgarh as counting of votes progressed today in four of the five states where crucial Assembly polls were held recently, just months ahead of next year's Lok Sabha elections.
 
In Delhi, the big story was the impressive show put up by the newly-floated Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) led by bureaucrat-turned-RTI activist-turned politician Arvind Kejriwal in its first electoral outing.
 
The only comfort that the Congress, the main constituent of the ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) at the Centre, could draw was that it was engaged in a neck-and-neck contest in Chhattisgarh, where the BJP has been ruling for the past 10 years.
 
In the fifth state, Mizoram, counting of votes will be taken up tomorrow.
 
Polling was conducted in Chhattisgarh in two phases on November 11 and 19, while Madhya Pradesh and Mizoram went to the polls on November 25, Rajasthan on December 1 and Delhi on December 4.
 
Polling in one of the 200 constituencies in Rajasthan -- Churu -- has been adjourned to December 13 following the death of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) candidate.
 
In Delhi, where counting trends were available for all 70 seats, the BJP had won one and was ahead in 35, while the AAP has made a stunning debut, leading in 25 seats. The Congress was placed a poor third, ahead in just seven seats. The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), an ally of the BJP, and an independent were leading in one seat each.
 
In Rajasthan, trends available for 189 of the 199 seats for which polling was held showed that the BJP was heading for a specatcular win as it bagged three seats and was ahead in 138 others.
 
The Congress was way behind, leading in just 27 seats, its worst-ever showing in the desert state.
 
The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) was leading in three seats, the National People's Party in seven, the National Unionist Zamindra Party in two and independents in nine.
 
In Madhya Pradesh, with trends available from all but one of the 230 constituencies, the BJP was leading in 154, the Congress in 65, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) in six and the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahujan Sangharshh Dal in one each. Independents were leading in two seats.
 
In Chhattisgarh, as counting trends became available for 77 of the 90 constituencies, the Congress was ahead in 40 while the ruling BJP was leading in 35. The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and an independent were leading in one seat each.
 
The term of the Assembly is due to expire on January 4, 2014 in Chhattisgarh, December 12 this year in Madhya Pradesh, December 15 in Mizoram, December 31 in Rajasthan and December 17 in Delhi.
 
Bye-elections to the Surat West Assembly constituency of Gujarat and Yercaud constituency of Tamil Nadu Assembly were also held on December 4.
 
The Election Commission normally tries to hold elections to legislative assemblies of states whose terms expire around the same time, together.
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The BJP is ruling Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh for the past 10 years, while the Congress had wrested Rajasthan from it in the last elections. In Delhi, the Congress has been in power for the past 15 years.
 
The Chhattisgarh Assembly has 90 seats (including 10 reserved for Scheduled Castes and 29 for Scheduled Tribes). The number of seats is 230 in Madhya Pradesh (35 SC,  47 ST), 40 in Mizoram (39 ST), 200 in Rajasthan (34 SC, 25 ST) and 70 in Delhi (12 SC).
 
For the first time, electors who did not want to vote for any of the candidates in the fray in their constituency, could exercise the "None of the above" (NOTA) option on the electronic voting machines (EVMs).
 
The Assembly elections in these five States are being seen as a sort of "semi-final" before the 2014 Lok Sabha polls and have, thus, aroused a lot of interest among the people.
 
The voter turnout was quite high, with Delhi recording 65% voting, while it was 81% in Mizoram, 74% in Rajasthan and more than 70% in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.
 
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Assembly polls: BJP leads in Delhi, MP, Rajasthan; Congress slightly ahead in Chhattisgarh

The Bharatiya Janata Party was on Sunday set to sweep Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan and was leading in Delhi as counting of votes progressed in four of the five states where crucial Assembly polls were held recently, just months ahead of next year's Lok Sabha elections.

Voters standing in queues to cast their vote for the Delhi Assembly election, at a polling booth, in New Delhi on December 4, 2013.
Voters standing in queues to cast their vote for the Delhi Assembly election, at a polling booth, in New Delhi on December 4, 2013.
 
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was today set to sweep Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan and was leading in Delhi as counting of votes progressed in four of the five states where crucial Assembly polls were held recently, just months ahead of next year's Lok Sabha elections.
 
In Delhi, the big story was the impressive show put up by the newly-floated Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), led by bureaucrat-turned-RTI activist-turned politician Arvind Kejriwal, in its first ever electoral outing.
 
The only comfort that the Congress, the main constituent of the ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) at the Centre, could draw was that it was slightly ahead in Chhattisgarh where a neck-and-neck race was on.
 
In the fifth state, Mizoram, counting of votes will be taken up tomorrow.
 
Polling was conducted in Chhattisgarh in two phases on November 11 and 19, while Madhya Pradesh and Mizoram went to the polls on November 25, Rajasthan on December 1 and Delhi on December 4.
 
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Polling in one of the 200 constituencies in Rajasthan -- Churu -- has been adjourned to December 13 following the death of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) candidate.
 
In Delhi, where counting trends were available for all 70 seats, the BJP was leading in 33, while the AAP has made a stunning debut, leading in 24. The Congress was placed a poor third, ahead in just 9 seats. The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) and the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) were ahead in one seat each, and an independent in one.
 
In Rajasthan, trends available for 175 of the 199 seats for which polling was held showed that the BJP was heading for a spectacular win, leading in 126 seats, while the Congress was ahead only in 30, its worst-ever showing in the state. 
 
The National People's Party was leading in eight seats, the National Unionist Zamindara Party in three, the BSP in two and independents in six.
 
In Madhya Pradesh, with trends available from 199 out of the 230 constituencies, the BJP was leading in 135, the Congress in 56, the BSP in five and the Akhil Bhartiya Gondwana Party and the Bahujan Sangharshh Dal in one each. An independent was leading in one seat.
 
In Chhattisgarh, as counting trends became available for 49 of the 90 constituencies, the Congress was ahead in 26 while the ruling BJP was leading in 23.
 
The term of the Assembly is due to expire on January 4, 2014 in Chhattisgarh, December 12 this year in Madhya Pradesh, December 15 in Mizoram, December 31 in Rajasthan and December 17 in Delhi.
 
Bye-elections to the Surat West Assembly constituency of Gujarat and Yercaud constituency of Tamil Nadu Assembly were also held on December 4.
 
The Election Commission normally tries to hold elections to legislative assemblies of states whose terms expire around the same time, together.
 
The BJP is ruling Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh for the past 10 years, while the Congress had wrested Rajasthan from it in the last elections. In Delhi, the Congress has been in power for the past 15 years.
 
The Chhattisgarh Assembly has 90 seats (including 10 reserved for Scheduled Castes and 29 for Scheduled Tribes). The number of seats is 230 in Madhya Pradesh (35 SC,  47 ST), 40 in Mizoram (39 ST), 200 in Rajasthan (34 SC, 25 ST) and 70 in Delhi (12 SC).
 
For the first time, electors who did not want to vote for any of the candidates in the fray in their constituency, could exercise the "None of the above" (NOTA) option on the electronic voting machines (EVMs).
 
The Assembly elections in these five States are being seen as a sort of "semi-final" before the 2014 Lok Sabha polls and have, thus, aroused a lot of interest among the people.
 
The voter turnout was quite high, with Delhi recording 65% voting, while it was 81% in Mizoram, 74% in Rajasthan and more than 70% in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.
 
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Assembly polls: BJP leads in Delhi, MP, Rajasthan; Congress ahead in Chhattisgarh

The Bharatiya Janata Party appeared set to sweep Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan and was ahead in Delhi as counting of votes progressed on Sunday in four of the five states where crucial Assembly polls were held recently, just months ahead of next year's Lok Sabha elections.

Voters standing in queues to cast their vote for the Delhi Assembly election, at a polling booth, in New Delhi on December 4, 2013.
Voters standing in queues to cast their vote for the Delhi Assembly election, at a polling booth, in New Delhi on December 4, 2013.
 
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) appeared set to sweep Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan and was ahead in Delhi as counting of votes progressed today in four of the five states where crucial Assembly polls were held recently, just months ahead of next year's Lok Sabha elections.
 
In Delhi, the big story was the impressive show put up by the newly-floated Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) led by bureaucrat-turned-RTI activist-turned politician Arvind Kejriwal in its first electoral outing.
 
The only comfort that the Congress, the main constituent of the ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) at the Centre, could draw was that it was ahead in Chhattisgarh.
 
In the fifth state, Mizoram, counting of votes will be taken up tomorrow.
 
Polling was conducted in Chhattisgarh in two phases on November 11 and 19, while Madhya Pradesh and Mizoram went to the polls on November 25, Rajasthan on December 1 and Delhi on December 4.
 
Polling in one of the 200 constituencies in Rajasthan -- Churu -- has been adjourned to December 13 following the death of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) candidate.
 
In Delhi, where counting trends were available for 68 of the 70 seats, the BJP was leading in 32, AAP in as many as 24 and the Congress in just 10. Others were leading in two seats.
 
In Rajasthan, trends available for 161 of the 199 seats for which polling was held on December 1, the BJP appeared headed for a spectacular win, leading in 121 seats, while the Congress was ahead in only 20.
 
The BJP was ahead in 102 of the 156 seats for which counting trends were available in the elections to the 230-member Madhya Pradesh legislative assemby. The Congress was leading in 44 and others in 10.
 
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In Chhattisgarh, counting trends were available for 47 of the 90 seats, with the Congress ahead in 27 and the BJP in 20.
 
The term of the Assembly is due to expire on January 4, 2014 in Chhattisgarh, December 12 this year in Madhya Pradesh, December 15 in Mizoram, December 31 in Rajasthan and December 17 in Delhi.
 
Bye-elections to the Surat West Assembly constituency of Gujarat and Yercaud constituency of Tamil Nadu Assembly were also held on December 4.
 
The Election Commission normally tries to hold elections to legislative assemblies of states whose terms expire around the same time, together.
 
The BJP is ruling Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh for the past 10 years, while the Congress had wrested Rajasthan from it in the last elections. In Delhi, the Congress has been in power for the past 15 years.
 
The Chhattisgarh Assembly has 90 seats (including 10 reserved for Scheduled Castes and 29 for Scheduled Tribes). The number of seats is 230 in Madhya Pradesh (35 SC,  47 ST), 40 in Mizoram (39 ST), 200 in Rajasthan (34 SC, 25 ST) and 70 in Delhi (12 SC).
 
For the first time, electors who did not want to vote for any of the candidates in the fray in their constituency, could exercise the "None of the above" (NOTA) option on the electronic voting machines (EVMs).
 
The Assembly elections in these five States are being seen as a sort of "semi-final" before the 2014 Lok Sabha polls and have, thus, aroused a lot of interest among the people.
 
The voter turnout was quite high, with Delhi recording 65% voting, while it was 81% in Mizoram, 74% in Rajasthan and more than 70% in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.
 
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Assembly elections: Counting of votes begins in four states

Counting of votes began on Sunday morning in four of the five states -- Delhi, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh -- where crucial Assemly polls were held recently just months ahead of next year's Lok Sabha elections.

Voters standing in queues to cast their vote for the Delhi Assembly election, at a polling booth, in New Delhi on December 4, 2013.
Voters standing in queues to cast their vote for the Delhi Assembly election, at a polling booth, in New Delhi on December 4, 2013.
Counting of votes began this morning in four of the five states -- Delhi, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh -- where crucial Assemly polls were held recently just months ahead of next year's Lok Sabha elections.
 
In the fifth state, Mizoram, counting of votes will be taken up tomorrow.
 
Polling was conducted in Chhattisgarh in two phases on November 11 and 19, while Madhya Pradesh and Mizoram went to the polls on November 25, Rajasthan on December 1 and Delhi on December 4.
 
Polling in one of the 200 constituencies in Rajasthan -- Churu -- has been adjourned to December 13 following the death of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) candidate.
 
Early counting trends are expected to be available within an hour or two of the beginning of counting and all the results in the four states are expected to be known by this evening.
 
The term of the Assembly is due to expire on January 4, 2014 in Chhattisgarh, December 12 this year in Madhya Pradesh, December 15 in Mizoram, December 31 in Rajasthan and December 17 in Delhi.
 
Bye-elections to the Surat West Assembly constituency of Gujarat and Yercaud constituency of Tamil Nadu Assembly were also held on December 4.
 
The Election Commission normally tries to hold elections to legislative assemblies of states whose terms expire around the same time, together.
 
The BJP is ruling Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh for the past 10 years, while the Congress had wrested Rajasthan from it in the last elections. In Delhi, the Congress has been in power for the past 15 years.
 
The Chhattisgarh Assembly has 90 seats (including 10 reserved for Scheduled Castes and 29 for Scheduled Tribes). The number of seats is 230 in Madhya Pradesh (35 SC,  47 ST), 40 in Mizoram (39 ST), 200 in Rajasthan (34 SC, 25 ST) and 70 in Delhi (12 SC).
 
For the first time, electors who did not want to vote for any of the candidates in the fray in their constituency, could exercise the "None of the above" (NOTA) option on the electronic voting machines (EVMs).
 
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The Assembly elections in these five States are being seen as a sort of "semi-final" before the 2014 Lok Sabha polls and have, thus, aroused a lot of interest among the people.
 
The voter turnout was quite high, with Delhi recording 65% voting, while it was 81% in Mizoram, 74% in Rajasthan and more than 70% in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.
 
Bharatiya Janata Party's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi had led his party's campaign in the elections and a big win this time is expected to boost his and his party's prospects in the Lok Sabha polls.
 
Similarly, the results will show how effective Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi has been as a campaigner.
 
Today's results will also show how much impact the newly-floated Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), led by bureaucrat-turned RTI activist-turned politician Arvind Kejriwal, has been able to make on its debut in Delhi.
 
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Assembly elections: Votes to be counted in four states on Sunday

Counting of votes will be taken up on Sunday morning in four of the five states -- Delhi, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh -- where crucial Assembly polls were held recently just months ahead of next year's Lok Sabha elections.

Voters standing in queues to cast their vote for the Delhi Assembly election, at a polling booth, in New Delhi on December 4, 2013.
Voters standing in queues to cast their vote for the Delhi Assembly election, at a polling booth, in New Delhi on December 4, 2013.
Counting of votes will be taken up tomorrow morning in four of the five states -- Delhi, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh -- where crucial Assembly polls were held recently just months ahead of next year's Lok Sabha elections.
 
In the fifth state, Mizoram, counting of votes will be taken up on December 9.
 
Polling was conducted in Chhattisgarh in two phases on November 11 and 19, while Madhya Pradesh and Mizoram went to the polls on November 25, Rajasthan on December 1 and Delhi on December 4.
 
Polling in one of the 200 constituencies in Rajasthan -- Churu -- has been adjourned to December 13 following the death of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) candidate.
 
Early counting trends are expected to be available within an hour or two of the beginning of counting and all the results are expected to be known by the evening of the same day.
 
The term of the Assembly is due to expire on January 4, 2014 in Chhattisgarh, December 12 this year in Madhya Pradesh, December 15 in Mizoram, December 31 in Rajasthan and December 17 in Delhi.
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Bye-elections to the Surat West Assembly constituency of Gujarat and Yercaud constituency of Tamil Nadu Assembly were also held on December 4.
 
The Election Commission normally tries to hold elections to legislative assemblies of states whose terms expire around the same time, together.
 
The BJP is ruling Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh for the past 10 years, while the Congress had wrested Rajasthan from it in the last elections. In Delhi, the Congress has been in power for the past 15 years.
 
The Chhattisgarh Assembly has 90 seats (including 10 reserved for Scheduled Castes and 29 for Scheduled Tribes). The number of seats is 230 in Madhya Pradesh (35 SC,  47 ST), 40 in Mizoram (39 ST), 200 in Rajasthan (34 SC, 25 ST) and 70 in Delhi (12 SC).
 
For the first time, electors who did not want to vote for any of the candidates in the fray in their constituency, could exercise the "None of the above" (NOTA) option on the electronic voting machines (EVMs).
 
The Assembly elections in these five States are being seen as a sort of "semi-final" before the 2014 Lok Sabha polls and have, thus, aroused a lot of interest among the people.
 
The voter turnout was quite high, with Delhi recording 65% voting, while it was 81% in Mizoram, 74% in Rajasthan and more than 70% in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.
 
Bharatiya Janata Party's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi had led his party's campaign in the elections and a big win this time is expected to boost his and his party's prospects in the Lok Sabha polls.
 
Similarly, the results will show how effective Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi has been as a campaigner.
 
Tomorrow's results will also show how much impact the newly-floated Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), led by bureaucrat-turned RTI activist-turned politician Arvind Kejriwal, has been able to make on its debut in Delhi.
 
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Assembly elections: 70% polling in MP, 82% in Mizoram

An elderly couple arriving to cast their votes in the Madhya Pradesh Assembly election, in Bhopal on November 25, 2013.
An elderly couple arriving to cast their votes in the Madhya Pradesh Assembly election, in Bhopal on November 25, 2013.
A record 70 per cent of the electorate in Madhya Pradesh and nearly 81 per cent in Mizoram cast their votes today to choose new state legislative assemblies as part of crucial polls in five states just months ahead of next year's Lok Sabha elections.
 
Deputy Election Commissioner Vinod Zutshi told journalists that the final percentage of voting could be slightly higher.
 
He said polling was peaceful in both states with no major untoward incident reported from anywhere.
 
Chattisgarh had polling in two phases on November 11 and 19, while Rajasthan will vote on December 1 and Delhi on December 5.
 
Counting of votes in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Delhi will be taken up on November 8, while it will be taken up in Mizoram on the next day.
 
There are a total of 4,66,31,759 electors in Madhya Pradesh's 230 assembly constituencies, including 2,20,56,812 women.
 
As many as 35 of the constituencies in the state are reserved for Scheduled Castes (SCs) and 47 for Scheduled Tribes (STs).
 
There were a total of 2583 candidates in the fray, including 200 women. Mehgaon had the largest number of candidates at 32 while Pansemal (ST) has the least at just two.
 
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Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivrajsinh Chauhan is seeking a third consecutive term in office and his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had fielded candidates in all 230 constituencies. 
 
The opposition Congress contested 229 seats, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP)  227, the Communist Party of India (CPI) 23, the CPI (Marxist) eight, and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) 72. Other parties accounted for 703 candidates and there were 1091 independents also in the fray.
 
The Election Commission had set up 53946 polling stations for today's polling in Madhya Pradesh.
 
Of the 40 constituencies in Mizoram, 39 are reserved for Scheduled Castes and only one is in the General category.
 
There are a total of 6.86,305 voters in the state, which saw a contest between the ruling Congress led by Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla and the three-party Mizo National Front (MNF), which ruled the state in the decade till 2008.
 
There were 142 candidates in the fray, including six women.
 
The BJP, the Zoram Nationalist Party and the NCP had also fielded candidates in some of the constituencies.
 
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Assembly elections: Polling begins in MP, Mizoram

Polling began admist tight security in Madhya Pradesh and Mizoram on Monday to choose new state legislative assemblies as part of crucial polls in five states just months ahead of next year's Lok Sabha elections.

Polling officials collecting the Electronic Voting Machines and other material required for the Assembly election in Madhya Pradesh, at a distribution centre, in Bhopal on November 24, 2013.
Polling officials collecting the Electronic Voting Machines and other material required for the Assembly election in Madhya Pradesh, at a distribution centre, in Bhopal on November 24, 2013.
Polling began admist tight security in Madhya Pradesh and Mizoram today to choose new state legislative assemblies as part of crucial polls in five states just months ahead of next year's Lok Sabha elections.
 
Chattisgarh had polling in two phases on November 11 and 19, while Rajasthan will vote on December 1 and Delhi on December 5.
 
There are a total of 4,66,31,759 electors in Madhya Pradesh's 230 assembly constituencies, including 2,20,56,812 women.
 
As many as 35 of the constituencies are reserved for Scheduled Castes (SCs) and 47 for Scheduled Tribes (STs).
 
There are a total of 2583 candidates in the fray, including 200 women. Mehgaon has the largest number of candidates at 32 while Pansemal (ST) has the least at just two.
 
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivrajsinh Chauhan is seeking a third consecutive term in office and his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has fielded candidates in all 230 constituencies. 
 
The opposition Congress is contesting 229 seats, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP)  227, the Communist Party of India (CPI) 23, the CPI (Marxist) eight, and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) 72. Other parties account for 703 candidates and there are 1091 independents also in the fray.
 
The Election Commission has set up 53946 polling stations for today's polling.
 
Of the 40 constituencies in Mizoram, 39 are reserved for Scheduled Castes and only one is in the General category.
 
There are a total of 6.86,305 voters in the state, which will see a contest between the ruling Congress led by Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla and the three-party Mizo National Front (MNF), which ruled the state in decade till 2008.
 
There are 142 candidates in the fray, including six women.
 
The BJP, the Zoram Nationalist Party and the NCP have also fielded candidates in some of the constituencies.
 
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Assembly elections: Polling in MP, Mizoram on Monday

Madhya Pradesh and Mizoram will vote on Monday to elect new state legislative assemblies in crucial polls just months ahead of next year's Lok Sabha elections.

Polling officials collecting the Electronic Voting Machines and other material required for the Assembly election in Madhya Pradesh, at a distribution centre, in Bhopal on November 24, 2013.
Polling officials collecting the Electronic Voting Machines and other material required for the Assembly election in Madhya Pradesh, at a distribution centre, in Bhopal on November 24, 2013.
Madhya Pradesh and Mizoram will vote tomorrow to elect new state legislative assemblies in crucial polls just months ahead of next year's Lok Sabha elections.
 
Chattisgarh had polling in two phases on November 11 and 19, while Rajasthan will vote on December 1 and Delhi on December 4.
 
There are a total of 4,66,31,759 electors in Madhya Pradesh's 230 assembly constituencies, including 2,20,56,812 women.
 
As many as 35 of the constituencies are reserved for Scheduled Castes (SCs) and 47 for Scheduled Tribes (STs).
 
There are a total of 2583 candidates in the fray, including 200 women. Mehgaon has the largest number of candidates at 32 while Pansemal (ST) has the least at just two.
 
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivrajsinh Chauhan is seeking a third consecutive term in office and his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has fielded candidates in all 230 constituencies. The opposition Congress is contesting 229 seats, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP)  227, the Communist Party of India (CPI) 23, the CPI (Marxist) eight, and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) 72. Other parties account for 703 candidates and there are 1091 independents also in the fray.
 
The Election Commission has set up 53946 polling stations for tomorrow's elections.
 
Of the 40 constituencies in Mizoram, 39 are reserved for Scheduled Castes and only one is in the General category.
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There are a total of 6.86,305 voters in the state, which will see a contest between the ruling Congress led by Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla and the three-party Mizo National Front (MNF), which ruled the state in decade till 2008.
 
There are 142 candidates in the fray, including six women.
 
The BJP, the Zoram Nationalist Party and the NCP have also fielded candidates in some of the constituencies.
 
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Himachal Pradesh Chief Justice Ajay Khanwilkar transferred to MP

 
Mr Justice Ajay Manikrao Khanwilkar, Chief Justice of the High Court of Himachal Pradesh, has been transferred to the High Court of Madhya Pradesh as its Chief Justice.
 
An official press release said the President had, after consultation with the Chief Justice of India, directed Mr Justice Khanwilkar to assume charge of his new office on or before November 27, 2013.
 
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14 labourers killed, 24 injured in truck accident in Madhya Pradesh

14 killed in truck accident in Madhya Pradesh
 
As many as 14 labourers were killed and 24 others suffered injuries when a truck in which they were travelling overturned in the Chirula area of Datia district in Madhya Pradesh late last night.
 
Police officials in Chirula told NetIndian over the telephone that those killed included seven men, five women and two children.
 
The injured were rushed to government hospitals in Datia and Gwalior, they said.
 
The victims were migrant labourers and their families from Tikkamgarh district who were working in paddy fields in Datia.
 
Police said the mishap occurred around 0015 hours today and investigations were on to establish the cause of the accident.
 
The truck was laden with  sacks of grains and the labourers were seated on them when the accident occurred. Many of those killed were crushed under the heavy sacks, they said.
 
The driver of the truck had fled the scene after the mishap and the police are searching for him, the sources added.
 
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EC issues notice to Rahul Gandhi on Churu, Indore speeches

Rahul Gandhi
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The Election Commission has issued a notice to Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi asking him to show cause as to why action should not be taken against him for alleged violations of the Model Code of Conduct in remarks he made during election rallies in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh last month.
 
The notice was issued to him on a complaint by the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which said he had falsely blamed it for communal violence in Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh.
 
Mr Gandhi had addressed public meetings at Churu in Rajasthan on October 23 and at Indore in Madhya Pradesh on the following day in which he had, among other things, blamed the BJP for fanning communal tensions in Muzaffarnagar.
 
In its notice of yesterday, the Commssion said that the Model Code of Conduct says that "no party or candidate shall indulge in any activity which may aggravate existing differences or create mutual hatred or cause tension between different castes and communities; religious or linguistic."
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The code also says that "criticism of other political parties ... based on unverified allegations or distortions shall be avoided."
 
Further, it says that "there shall be no appeal to caste or communal feelings for securing votes."
 
The Commission said that it had viewed the CDs of both the speeches made by Mr Gandhi at Churu and Indore and had had detailed deliberations on them.
 
It said it was of the prima facie view that these speeches were violative of the relevant paras of the Model Code of Conduct for political parties and candidates.
 
The Commission has called upon him to explain by 1130 hours on November 4 as to why action should not be taken against him in this regard.
 
"lf no reply is received within the prescribed time limit, it will be presumed
that you have nothing to say and the Commission will proceed to take appropriate action without any further reference to you," the notice added.
 
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PM announces Rs 2 lakh as ex-gratia to next of kin of those killed in Datia stampede

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has, after clearance from the Election Commission of India, sanctioned an ex-gratia payment of Rs 2 lakh to the next of kin of those killed in the stampede on October 13 on a bridge near the Ratangarh temple in Datia district of Madhya Pradesh.
 
At least 111 people had died in the stampede and scores more had suffered injuries.
 
Dr Singh, who had expressed his deep anguish over the loss of lives in the tragedy, has also sanctioned an ex-gratia of Rs 50,000 to each of those seriously injured persons from the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund, an official press release added.
 
The clearance from the Election Commission was necessary because elections to the Madhya Pradesh legislative assembly are due to be held on November 25, and the model code of conduct is in force in the state.
 
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Election Commission issues notice to MP Minister Kailash Vijayvargiya

 
Election Commission issues notice to MP Minister
The Election Commission (EC) has issued a show cause notice to Madhya Pradesh Industries Minister Kailash Vijayvargiya following reports that he had allegedly violated the Model Code of Conduct which is in force in the state after the announcement of elections to the legislative assembly, distributed money to drum-beaters during the Chunri Yatra conducted by an organization in Mhow at the weekend.
 
In its notice sent to him yesterday, the Commission said that the Model Code of Conduct states that "All parties and candidates shall avoid scrupulously all activities which are 'Corrupt Practices' and offences under the election law, such as bribing of voters, intimidation of voters...".
 
The letter also said that it had been brought to the notice of the Commission that Mr Vijayvargiya had promised, during a Dussehera function at Satya Sai Chauraha, that a "good Udyog Bhavan" will be made next year in Vijay Nagar.
 
According to the Commission, the Model Code of Conduct states that candidates "shall not (a) announce any financial grants tn any form or promises thereof. . (c) Make any promise of construction of roads, provision of drinking water facilities etc..."
 
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The Commission also said in its letter that Mr Vijayvargiya had in speeches later defended his actions and said that they were part of tradition.
 
It said that, by this statement, he had "given contemptuous remarks" and shown "utter disrespect and disregard to the provisions of the Model Code of Condut". This is also not in keeping with the high constitutional post that  he occupied, the letter said.
 
"Now, therefore, the Election Commission of India calls upon you to explain by 17.00 hours of 18th october, 2013 as to why action should not be taken against you for the above mentioned violations of the Model Code of Conduct.
 
"lf no reply is received within the prescribed time limit, it will be presumed that you have nothing to say and the Commission will proceed to take appropriate action without any further reference to you," the notice added.
 
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Death toll in Ratangarh temple stampede rises to 111

The death toll in Sunday's stampede on a bridge near the Ratangarh temple in Datia district of Madhya Pradesh has risen to 111, senior officials said Monday morning.


 
Dozens killed in India temple stampede
The death toll in yesterday's stampede on a bridge near the Ratangarh temple in Datia district of Madhya Pradesh has risen to 111, senior officials said this morning.
 
The officials said more than a hundred others had suffered injuries in the incident, most of whom were discharged from hospital after first-aid.
 
The officials told NetIndian over the telephone that 22 people were still undergoing treatment in hospitals, but none of them was in a serious condition.
 
Those killed in the incident included 64 females and 47 males, they said, adding that several of the victims were children.
 
Police officials had said yesterday that there were some 25,000 pilgrims waiting in long queues on and near the bridge when the stampede occurred.
 
According to them, a group of youngsters, who wanted to move ahead quickly, started shouting that the bridge over the swollen river Sindh was about to collapse, triggering panic and leading to the tragedy.
 
Reports reaching here said some of the victims had drowned when they jumped off the bridge into the river in fear.
 
More than five lakh people had visited the temple, on the occasion of Durga Puja festivities, from the early hours of yesterday morning.
 
Senior police officials denied rumours that the stampede was caused by a lathi-charge by the police.
 
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The temple is located some 55 km from the Datia district headquarters and attracts huge numbers of pilgrims on the ninth day of the Durga Puja festival.
 
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has ordered a judicial inquiry into the incident and announced a financial assistance of Rs 1.5 lakh each to the next-of-kin of those killed, Rs 50,000 to those who suffered serious injuries and Rs 25,000 to those with minor injuries.
 
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PM expresses shock over loss of lives in MP temple stampede

 
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today expressed deep sorrow and shock at the loss of lives of pilgrims who died in a stampede during religious festivities in Ratangarh, Madhya Pradesh. 
 
Dr Singh extended his condolences to the families of those who lost their loved ones in the incident and asked the administration to provide medical assistance to the injured.
 
"On this day of festivities, our hearts and prayers are with the victims and their families," he added.
 
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89 killed, 115 injured in stampede near Ratangarh temple in MP

 
60 killed, several injured in stampede at Ratangarh temple in MP
As many as 89 pilgrims were killled and about 115 suffered injuries in a stampede on a bridge near the Ratangarh temple in Datia district of Madhya Pradesh this morning, official sources said.
 
Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police (Chambal Range) D K Arya told NetIndian over the telephone that those killed included 31 women and 17 children.
 
He said the injured had been rushed in ambulances and other vehicles to nearby hospitals.
 
According to him, there were some 25,000 people on the bridge when a group of youngsters, who wanted to move ahead quickly, started shouting that it was about to collapse.
 
This caused panic among the people and caused a stampede, resulting in the tragedy.
 
Reports reaching here said some of the victims had drowned when they jumped off the bridge into the Sindh river in fear.
 
They said some of the injured were in a serious condition and the death toll could rise.
 
Mr Arya said more than five lakh people had visited the temple, on the occasion of Durga Puja, from the early hours of this morning.
 
He denied rumours that the stampede was caused by a lathi-charge by the police. "The police did not make any lathi-charge or any other action," he said.
 
The temple is located some 55 km from the Datia headquarters and attracts huge numbers of pilgrims on the ninth day of the Durga Puja festival.
 
In the state capital here, Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Uma Shankar Gupta said adequate arrangements had been made to handle the expected crowds at the temple as in previous years.
 
He said the State government was trying to establish the circumstances that led to the tragedy.
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Senior district administration and police officials rushed to the scene of the stampede.
 
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan ordered a judicial inquiry into the incident and announced a financial assistance of Rs 1.5 lakh each to the next-of-kin of those killed and Rs 50,000 to those who suffered serious injuries.
 
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60 pilgrims killed in stampede near Ratangarh temple in Datia district of MP

60 killed, several injured in stampede at Ratangarh temple in MP
 
More than 60 pilgrims were killed and several more injured in a stampede on a bridge near the Ratangarh temple in Datia district of Madhya Pradesh this morning, reports reaching here said.
 
Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police (Chambal Range) D K Arya told television channels that the injured had been rushed to nearby hospitals in ambulances and other vehicles.
 
According to him, there were some 25,000 people on the bridge when a group of youngsters, who wanted to move ahead quickly, started shouting that it was about to collapse.
 
This caused panic among the people and caused a stampede, resulting in the tragedy, which occurred around 8.30 am.
 
The reports said several of the victims had drowned when they jumped off the bridge into the Sindh river in fear.
 
Mr Arya said more than five lakh people had visited the temple, on the occasion of Durga Puja, from the early hours of this morning.
 
He denied rumours that the stampede was caused by a lathi-charge by the police. "The police did not make any lathi-charge or any other action," he said.
 
The temple is located some 55 km from the Datia headquarters and attracts huge numbers of pilgrims on the ninth day of the Durga Puja festival.
 
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In the state capital here, Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Uma Shankar Gupta said adequate arrangements had been made to handle the expected crowds at the temple as in previous years.
 
He said the State government was trying to establish the circumstances that led to the tragedy.
 
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Assembly elections to be held in five states between Nov 11 and Dec 4

Elections will be held to the legislative assembly of Chattisgarh in two phases on November 11 and 19, while there will be single-phase polling for the assemblies in Madhya Pradesh on November 25, Rajasthan on December 1 and Delhi and Mizoram on December 4.


 
Election Commission announces poll schedule for 5 states
Elections will be held to the legislative assembly of Chattisgarh in two phases on November 11 and 19, while there will be single-phase polling to the assemblies in Madhya Pradesh on November 25, Rajasthan on December 1 and Delhi and Mizoram on December 4.
 
The schedule for the crucial elections, which come just months ahead of next year's Lok Sabha elections, were announced at a press conference here today by Chief Election Commissioner V S Sampath and Election Commissioners H S Brahma and Nasim Zaidi.
 
Mr Sampath said 18 constituencies in Chhattisgarh, mainly in Naxalite-infested areas, will go to the polls on November 11 and the remaining 72 on November 19.
 
The term of the Assembly is due to expire on January 4, 2014 in Chhattisgarh, December 12 this year in Madhya Pradesh, December 15 in Mizoram, December 31 in Rajasthan and December 17 in Delhi.
 
The Commission has also decided to hold bye-elections in Surat West Assembly constituency of Gujarat and Yercaud constituency of Tamil Nadu Assembly on December 4.
 
Counting of votes in all the States will be taken up on December 8 and all the results are expected to be out by that evening.
 
The Election Commission normally tries to hold elections to legislative assemblies of states whose terms expire around the same time, together.
 
The BJP is ruling Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh for the past 10 years, while the Congress had wrested Rajasthan from it in the last elections. In Delhi, the Congress has been in power for the past 15 years.
 
The Chhattisgarh Assembly has 90 seats (including 10 reserved for Scheduled Castes and 29 for Scheduled Tribes). The number of seats is 230 in Madhya Pradesh (35 SC,  47 ST), 40 in Mizoram (39 ST), 200 in Rajasthan (34 SC, 25 ST) and 70 in Delhi (12 SC).
 
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Mr Sampath said the electoral rolls of all existing Assembly Constituencies in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram, Rajasthan and Delhi on the basis of the electoral rolls revised with reference to 1.1.2013 as the qualifying date and have been finally published on 12.09.2013, 24.07.2013, 16.08.2013, 06.09.2013 and 09.09.2013, respectively. 
 
The number of electors in these States, as on date, are: Chhattisgarh - 1,67,96174, Madhya Pradesh - 4,64,57724, Mizoram - 6,86305, Rajasthan - 4,06,08056 and Delhi- 1,15,07113.
 
Mr Sampath said photo electoral rolls will be used during the elections. According to him, the photo percentages in photo electoral rolls were Chhattisgarh - 99.43%, Madhya Pradesh - 100%, Mizoram - 100%, Rajasthan -  99.27% and Delhi - 100%.
 
The Election Commission will set up 21, 418 polling stations in Chhattisgarh, 53,986 in Madhya Pradesh, 1126 in Mizoram, 45,334 in Rajasthan, and 11,763 in Delhi.
 
Mr Sampath said that, as per the judgement of the Supreme Court of September 27, there will be a button for "None of the Above" option on all electronic voting machines (EVMs), below the name of the last candidate.
 
Electors who do not want to vote for any of the candidates in the fray in their constituency can exercise the NOTA option now.
 
"The Commission is taking steps to bring this to the knowledge of voters and all other stakeholders and to train all field level officials including the polling personnel about the NOTA option," he said.
 
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He said that all critical events in the electoral process, including filing of nominations, allotment of symbols, preparation and storage of EVMs, important public meetings, processions, polling, counting of votes and so on, would be videographed.
 
He said Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) and State Armed Police (SAP) drawn from other states would be deployed during the elections. They will be used generally for safeguarding the polling stations and for providing security to the electors and polling personnel at the polling stations on the poll day. 
 
Besides, these forces will be used for securing the strong rooms where the EVMs are stored and for securing the counting centers and for other purposes, as required, he said.
 
As in the past, the Commission will deploy General Observers in adequate number to ensure the smooth conduct of elections.
 
The Model Code of Conduct has come into effect immediately in all the five states. In particular, the Commission drew attention to the provision that “there shall be no appeal to caste or communal feelings for securing votes. Mosques, Churches, Temples or other places of worship shall not be used as forum for election propaganda.”
 
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Amarjot Singh Gill appointed Chancellor of Lakshmibai National Institute of Physical Education, Gwalior

 
Mr Amarjot Singh Gill, a retired Indian Police Service (IPS) officer, has been appointed as the Chancellor of the Lakshmibai National Institute of Physical Education, Gwalior.
 
The institute is an autonomous body under the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports.
 
Mr Gill, a former director general of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), will have a five-year term, an official press release added.
 
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Six SIMI activists escape from Khandwa jail in Madhya Pradesh

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Six prisoners, said to be members of the banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), escaped from the Khandwa jail in Madhya Pradesh in the early hours of Tuesday, official sources said.
 
A seventh prisoner, an undertrial, who managed to break out with them, was nabbed soon after.
 
The prisoners managed to escape between 2 am and 3 am after breaking down a part of the wall of a bathroom, reports reaching here said.
 
They are also reported to have stabbed and injured two policemen who were posted outside the jail and who tried to stop them, before making away with their rifles and motorcycles.
 
The motorcycles were later found abandoned at a farm, the sources said, adding that the injured constables had been admitted to a hospital.
 
While the six SIMI activists managed to escape, the seventh prisoner was nabbed by the police from the Sarvodaya Colony near the jail, they said.
 
They said a manhunt had been launched to nab the rest of the escapees.
 
The prisones had been arrested in 2010-11 in connection with the murders of a policemen, a lawyer and a bank official on November 28, 2009.
 
Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Uma Shankar Gupta told journalists that efforts were on to nab the escaped prisoners. He also said an inquiry would be held to establish the circumstances, including negligence, if any, in which the prisoners managed to escape.
 
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Rohit Arya appointed additional judge in High Court of Madhya Pradesh

 
The President has appointed Mr Rohit Arya as an Additional Judge of the High Court of Madhya Pradesh.
 
An official press release said the appointment would be for a period of two years with effect from the date he assumes charge of his office.
 
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