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Asaram Bapu convicted in minor rape case

Five years after charges of rape were levelled against Asaram Bapu, the Jodhpur Schedule Caste and Schedule Tribe Court on Wednesday convicted the self-styled godman and four others in a 2013 rape case.

File photo of Asaram Bapu. (Photo: IANS)
File photo of Asaram Bapu. (Photo: IANS)
Five years after charges of rape were levelled against Asaram Bapu, the Jodhpur Schedule Caste and Schedule Tribe Court on Wednesday convicted the self-styled godman and four others in a 2013 rape case.
 
Asaram was convicted under Section 376 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Pocso) act and Juvenile Justice (JJ) Act.
 
The judgement was pronounced by Judge Madhusudan inside the Jodhpur Central Jail, where Asaram is lodged.
 
Asaram Bapu was arrested in 2013 on the complaint filed by a teenage girl from Uttar Pradesh's Shahajahanpur. She had accused him of raping her at his Jodhpur ashram in August. The victim was a Class 12 student at his Chhindwara Ashram in Madhya Pradesh.
 
The 77-year-old godman is facing trial in two other sexual assault cases: one in Rajasthan here and the other in Gujarat. 
 
He was arrested in Indore and brought to Jodhpur on September 1, 2013. He has been in judicial custody since September 2, 2013. 
 
He also faces multiple charges, including wrongful confinement, criminal intimidation, criminal conspiracy and sexual harassment.
 
The chargesheet named Asaram and four others -- Sanchita alias Shilpi, Sharad Chandra alias Sharat Chandra, Prakash and Shiva alias Sava Ram Hethvadiya.
 
The quantum of punishment will be announced later.
 
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Salman gets bail against personal bond of Rs 50,000

After spending two nights in a Jodhpur jail, Bollywood superstar Salman Khan was granted bail on Saturday in the 1998 blackbuck poaching case on a personal bond of Rs 50,000 by District and Sessions Court Judge Ravindra Kumar Joshi.

 
Salman Khan convicted in black buck poaching case
 
 
After spending two nights in a local jail, Bollywood superstar Salman Khan was granted bail on Saturday in the 1998 blackbuck poaching case on a personal bond of Rs 50,000 by District and Sessions Court Judge Ravindra Kumar Joshi.
 
Arguments on the actor's bail application, which had been taken up yesterday, continued this morning before the judge reserved his order for the post-lunch session.
 
While granting him bail, the judge asked Salman, 52, to furnish a personal bond of Rs. 50,000 and two sureties of Rs. 25,000 each with guarantees that he will adhere to all the bail conditions.
 
The court said Salman would have to secure special permission from it to travel abroad.
 
He is expected to be released by this evening after completion of various legal procedures, sources said.
 
Salman had spent a second night in the Central Jail here last night because the arguments on his bail plea could not be completed yesterday.
 
The superstar was convicted by a local court on Thursday and was sentenced to five years imprisonment in the two-decade-old case.
 
Salman and other Bollywood stars Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Sonali Bendre and Neelam allegedly went hunting on October 1-2 in 1998 outside a forest reserve near Kankani village in Jodhpur while shooting for "Hum Saath Saath Hain" in 1998. 
 
While Salman was found guilty, the four co-stars and a local, Dushyant Singh, were acquitted.
 
Chief Judicial Magistrate Dev Kumar Khatri convicted Salman under Section 9/51 of the Wildlife Protection Act.
 
(With  inputs from IANS)
 
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15 dead, 31 injured as high-tension wire falls on bus in Rajasthan

At least 15 people were electrocuted and 31 others suffered injuries when the bus they were travelling in came in contact with a high-tension electricity wire in the Tonk district of Rajasthan on Friday afternoon, official sources said.

 
At least 15 dead as high-tension wire falls on bus in Rajasthan
At least 15 people were electrocuted and 31 others suffered injuries when the bus they were travelling in came in contact with a high-tension electricity wire in the Tonk district of Rajasthan this afternoon, official sources said.
 
Police officials in Tonk told NetIndian over the telephone that the injured were initially taken to nearby hospitals from where they were referred to a hospital in Jaipur.
 
All the victims were men and were going to attend a marriage when the mishap occurred in the Malpura area of the district around 3 pm.
 
Senior district admininstration and police officials rushed to the spot to oversee the rescue and relief efforts, the sources said.
 
Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje condoled the loss of lives in the incident and announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs 5 lakh each to the next-of-kin of those killed.
 
She also asked State Home Minister Gulabchand Kataria and other senior ministers and officials to rush to the spot and ensure the best possible medical care for the injured.
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the loss of lives in the incident. 
 
"The bus incident at Tonk, Rajasthan is very heart-rending. My thoughts are with the families of those who lost their lives," he said on micro-blogging site Twitter.
 
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Denied LS ticket by BJP, Jaswant Singh says will file nomination on Monday

Senior BJP leader Jaswant Singh, who is upset at being denied a ticket by the party to contest the coming Lok Sabha elections from his home town of Barmer, confirmed on Sunday that he would file his nomination from there on Monday, presumably as an independent candidate.

Not furniture that BJP can adjust me: Jaswant
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Jaswant Singh, who is upset at being denied a party ticket to contest the coming Lok Sabha elections from his home town of Barmer in Rajasthan, today confirmed that he would file his nomination from there tomorrow, presumably as an independent candidate.
 
At the same time, he ruled out joining the Congress or any other party, saying it was insulting to him for any party to even think on such lines.
 
Reacting to media reports that the Congress might try and rope him in, Mr Singh, 76, told newspersons in his village that he had spent his entire political life in the BJP and had never thought of joining any other party.
 
"If the Congress is thinking along those lines, it is a waste of their time," he said.
 
But, despite repeated queries, he refused to confirm or deny whether the Congress had, in fact, made any overtures to him or not.
 
To another question, Mr Singh said he would go to Barmer tomorrow and file his nominations. "I will go to Barmer, will discuss the issue with others and act accordingly," he said.
 
Asked if he would resign from the party before filing his nomination, he said these things would be known tomorrow.
 
Mr Singh was particularly unhappy with senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley's statement that the party could not "adjust" Mr Singh in its list of candidates and that it would find other ways of using his abilities.
 
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"I saw on television a party leader saying that the could not 'adjust' me. The choice of words shows their way of thinking and their arrogant nature. It is insulting to me. I am not a piece of furniture, a chair or a table, which can be moved to some other part of the room if it does not fit in one place.
 
"I don't want to be 'adjusted'," he said. "All my life, I have worked for the party, in its best interests, to the best of my ability," he said.
 
About Barmer, he said it was the place where he was born and where he had grown. "All that I know today, I learnt from here," he said.
 
Asked about the caste equations in the area, Mr Singh regretted that the social fabric of the region was being torn by such considerations. He said he had never practised such politics. "You cannot divide society and people in this manner. If we persist in doing so, the state will end up as a second-rate UP, a third-rate Bihar," he said.
 
The BJP had, on Friday, announced that its candidate from Barmer would be Col Sonaram Chaudhary, a former MLA, who had recently joined it after resigning from the Congress, ignoring Mr Singh's claims and his wish that he be allowed to contest what could possibly be his last election from his home turf.
 
Reacting to the move, Mr Singh had hit out at the party yesterday, saying that it had been encroached upon by "outsiders", an obvious reference to the fact that it had given tickets to several people who had joined it in recent weeks, ignoring the claims of party loyalists.
 
He also made it clear to journalists at Jodhpur on his way to barmer that he would not indulge in any kid of bargaining with the party for post-election positions or any other officers from it.
 
"My sense of honour is not subject to trading," he said, even as Mr Jaitley and BJP President Rajnath Singh said that the party would utilise Mr Singh's abilities in some other way.
 
Mr Rajnath Singh said the importance that the BJP acccorded to Mr Singh could not be judged on the basis of an election ticket alone. "He is far above that," he said.
 
"The challenge today is between the real BJP and the fake BJP," Mr Singh said. "Only the people can decide on the difference between the two," he said.
 
He said he had lived and struggled all these years to uphold the principles on which the BJP was founded and it was important that he continued to do so.
 
He said it was for the BJP to realise what would add value to the party, to India and to the people of India.
 
The BJP's decision to deny the ticket to Mr Singh is being seen as yet another indication that the old order in the party is being forced to yield place to the new.
 
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According to media reports, Mr Singh had conveyed to the BJP leadership that he would contest the election from Barmer as an independent candidate if the party decided against nominating him.
 
He has never contested from Barmer, having been elected to the Lok Sabha from Chittorgarh in Rajasthan in 1991 and 1996, and from Darjeeling in West Bengal in the last general elections in 2009.
 
According to sources, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje had pushed for a ticket for Col Choudhary, a Jat leader, after he joined the BJP some time ago.
 
Col Choudhary had lost the 2004 Lok Sabha elections from Barmer to Mr Jaswant Singh's son Manvendra Singh, who now represents Sheo - a part of the Barmer Parliamentary constituency - in the Rajasthan Legislative Assembly.
 
The move to deny Mr Singh a ticket has also upset a section of BJP workers in Barmer, who staged protests and tore party posters to express their anger.
 
The denial of the party nomination to Mr Singh came just a day after the BJP had, on Thursday, managed to mollify its veteran leader Lal Krishna Advani into accepting the party's decision to field him from Gandhinagar in Gujarat, though he had expressed his wish to shift to Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh.
 
Earlier, another party veteran, Murli Manohar Joshi, was reportedly upset after he had to make way for BJP Prime Ministerial candidate and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, who wanted to contest the Lok Sabha elections from his constituency of Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. He was persuaded finally to move to Kanpur.
 
Another senior leader, Lalji Tandon, had to give up his claim over Lucknow, the seat held by him, to accommodate Mr Rajnath Singh, who decided against contesting from Ghaziabad, the seat he had won the last time.
 
In Punjab, three-time MP and former Indian cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu had to make way in Amritsar for senior leader Arun Jaitley.
 
Yesterday, the BJP denied renomination to seven-time MP Harin Pathak from Ahmedabad East and fielded well-known actor Paresh Rawal as its candidate from the constituency. Mr Pathak is known to be close to Mr Advani and was reportedly not on very good terms with Mr Modi.
 
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Congress governments in MP, Rajasthan to withdraw cases against Dalits

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Heeding to BSP chief Mayawati's ultimatum, the Congress governments in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan on Tuesday said they will withdraw cases filed against Dalits during the 'Bharat Bandh' last year that witnessed large-scale violence.
 
The decisions were announced by the two governments a day after Mayawati threatened to take back the BSP's support to them if they did not withdraw the cases filed against the Dalits during the 'Bharat Bandh' called by Dalit groups.
 
The Madhya Pradesh government will withdraw all the "political cases" filed by the previous BJP government against workers of political parties and Dalit activists, Law Minister P. C. Sharma said.
 
"We (Congress) have been fighting (against the BJP government). Irrespective of any party, those who have been fighting the BJP government which had sent people to jail... those political cases will be withdrawn," he said. 
 
Last week, Sharma had indicated that the government was drafting a proposal to withdraw "politically motivated" cases against political and trade union leaders filed during the BJP's rule during the last 15 years. 
 
In Jaipur, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said his government will revoke cases registered against Dalits during the Bharat Bandh of April 2 last year after reviewing them.
 
Speaking to the media at the Congress office, Gehlot said: "Our government will review all such cases to ensure that innocents are released."
 
He said that Mayawati's demand was valid. The previous government had framed cases against many people "and hence our government will review all such cases".
 
"In fact, I am thankful to Mayawati for giving support to our party. She herself took the initiative to extend support to the Congress and hence I am thankful to her."
 
The BSP has two members in the 230-member Madhya Pradesh Assembly in which the Congress has 114 MLAs and is two short of the majority mark.
 
The Samajwadi Party has one MLA and has also extended support to the government. There are four independents. 
 
In the 200-member Rajasthan Assembly, the Congress has 99 members and its pre-poll ally Rashtriya Lok Dal has one MLA. There are six BSP MLAs and 13 independents. 
 
The Congress had supported the protest in April 2018 against the changes to the SC/ST Act brought in by the Supreme Court which were later nullified by a legislation passed in Parliament. 
 
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Rajasthan: Gehlot allots portfolios to his Ministers, keeps Home, Finance

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Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh on early Thursday allocated portfolios to the Council of Ministers, three days after 23 ministers took oath, with Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot keeping key departments including Home, Finance and Personnel.
 
The allocation of portfolios took place at 2 a.m., a statement said. 
 
Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot gets PWD and Rural Development, the statement said.
 
General Administration, Information Technology and Telecommunications are also with Gehlot while Science and Technology, and Statistics have been allotted to Pilot.
 
B.D. Kalla has been given Power, Public Health Engineering, Culture and Archaeology, while Pratap Singh Khachariyawas got two departments -- Transportation and Soldiers' Welfare. 
 
Shanti Dhariwal has been given the Urban Development, Housing and Legal departments.
 
Raghu Sharma has got the Medical and Health, Ayurveda, ESI, Information and Public Relations departments. 
 
Parsadi Lal was allotted Industries and State Ventures while Master Bhanwarlal has been given Social Justice and Empowerment and Disaster Management. 
 
Lalchand Kataria gets Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries, while Pramod Jain Bhaya has received Mining and the Cow Ministry.
 
Vishwendra Singh will look after Tourism Ministry, while Harish Chaudhary has got Revenue and Irrigation.
 
Ramesh Chand Meena has been given the Food and Civic Supplies department, Udailal Anjana has got Co-operative and Indira Gandhi Canal Project while Saleh Mohammad gets the Minorities and Waqf departments.
 
Govind Singh Dotarasa has got Education, Mamta Bhupesh has been allotted the Women and Child Development department and Arjun Sungh gets the Bamania Tribe Regional Development Department. 
 
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Bhanwar Singh Bhati has got the Higher Education department (independent charge), Sukhiram Vishnoi has Forest department (independent charge), Environment, Department of Food and Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs. 
 
Ashok Chandna gets the Youth and Sports department, Tikaram Juli has been given the Labour department (independent charge), Bhanjanlal Jatav gets the Department of Home Defence and Civil Defence (Independent charge) and Department of Printing and stationery (Independent Charge).
 
Rajendra Singh Yadav has been allotted Planning (Manpower), (Independent Charge), State Motor Garage Department (Independent Charge) Language Department (Independent Charge), Social Justice and Empowerment and Disaster Management and Assistance. 
 
Earlier, throughout Wednesday, the files related to portfolios were being transferred from Delhi to Jaipur and vice-versa due to difference of opinion between the Congress members. 
 
On Wednesday morning, Pilot met Congress President Rahul Gandhi while in the later half, Gehlot went to Delhi with the files. 
 
After an eight-hour long meeting in Delhi, the portfolio distribution process was eventually completed around 2 a.m. on Thursday.
 
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Rajasthan Cabinet portfolios allocated, Gehlot keeps Home, Finance

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Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh on early Thursday allocated portfolios to the Council of Ministers, three days after 23 ministers took oath, officials said.
 
The allocation of portfolios took place at 2 a.m., a statement said. 
 
Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has kept key departments including Home, Finance and Personnel with him, while Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot gets PWD and Rural Development, the statement said.
 
General Administration, Information Technology and Telecommunications are also with Gehlot while Science and Technology, and Statistics have been allotted to Pilot.
 
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Right wing protestors force Naseeruddin Shah to give Ajmer Literature Festival a miss

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Bollywood actor Naseeruddin Shah on Friday gave the Ajmer Literature Festival a miss due to strong protests by the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha and other right wing associations for his controversial statements.
 
In a TV interview, Shah had said that he fears for his children in this country. He has reportedly said, "In some areas killing of a cow receives more importance than lynching of a police officer..."
 
Meanwhile, the Bollywood actor told the media that he loves the country he resides in. "What mistake did I make by expressing my thoughts," he asked.
 
Police officials in Ajmer confirmed that right wing demonstrators did protest against Shah. However, no FIR has been lodged. 
 
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Gehlot sworn in as Rajasthan CM, Pilot as Deputy CM

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Senior Congress leader Ashok Gehlot was sworn in as Chief Minister of Rajasthan for a third time while Sachin Pilot took oath as Deputy Chief Minister at the Albert Hall here on Monday.
 
Governor Kalyan Singh administered the oath of office and secrecy to them in the presence of Congress President Rahul Gandhi and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
 
Among those who were at the venue were NCP chief Sharad Pawar, Chief Ministers N. Chandrababu Naidu (Andhra Pradesh), H.D. Kumaraswamy (Karnataka) and V. Narayanasamy (Puducherry), former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav, DMK leader M. K. Stalin, JMM leader Hemant Soren and Jharkhand Vikas Morcha chief Babulal Marandi.
 
Former Rajasthan Chief Minister and BJP leader Vasundhara Raje also attended the event along with Congress leaders Mallikarjun Kharge, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Kumari Selja, Jitin Prasad and Navjot Singh Sidhu.
 
The Congress rode to power in Rajasthan after five years, defeating the Bharatiya Janata Party in Assembly elections.
 
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Gehlot sworn in as Rajasthan CM, Pilot Deputy CM

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Congress leader Ashok Gehlot was sworn in on Monday as the 12th Chief Minister of Rajasthan, while the party's state president Sachin Pilot took oath as his deputy at a ceremony here.
 
It is Gehlot's third innings as Chief Minister.
 
Congress President Rahul Gandhi, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Nationalist Congress Party's chief Sharad Pawar were some of those who attended the ceremony in Albert Hall.
 
Former Chief Minister of Rajasthan and BJP leader Vasundhara Raje was also present at the event.
 
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Farm loans waiver soon in MP, Rajasthan, Chhattisgrah: Rahul

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With the Congress coming to power in Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, party President Rahul Gandhi on Friday affirmed his party's commitment to waive off farm loans in all the three states.
 
"We are going to waive farm loans," Gandhi told the media here asserting that his party would fulfil the promise of waving loans of farmers in all the three states within 10 days of coming to power. 
 
His comments came on a day when party veterans Ashok Gehlot and Kamal Nath were chosen as the new Chief Ministers of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, respectively. 
 
The Congress is soon expected to announce the Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh where the race for the post is primarily between state party chief Bhupesh Baghel and Ambikapur MLA T. S. Singh Deo.
 
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Ashok Gehlot to pilot Rajasthan again, Sachin to be his deputy

Congress President Rahul Gandhi with Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot, after their meeting in Delhi on December 14, 2018.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi with Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot, after their meeting in Delhi on December 14, 2018.
Ending the intense jockeying for power in Rajasthan, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Friday picked party veteran Ashok Gehlot as the leader of the Congress legislature party in Rajasthan and Sachin Pilot, who had put up a strong claim, as his deputy.
 
This paves the way for the swearing-in of Gehlot as the new Chief Minister of the state and Pilot as the Deputy Chief Minister.
 
The formal announcement of Gandhi's decision was made at a press conference at the party headquarters by K. C. Venugopal, observer for the legislature party leader's election, after an over hour-long meeting between Gandhi and the two contenders, Gehlot and Pilot, at his residence.
 
Informed sources said Gandhi is said to have convinced Pilot to become Gehlot's deputy as the party is keen to keep the Gujjar community, to which he belongs, on its side ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. The Gujjars are a dominant community in Rajasthan. 
 
This was the third meeting of Gehlot and Pilot in two days with Gandhi as their respective camps strongly staked their claim for the Chief Ministerial post.
 
"Gandhi has chosen Ashok Gehlot as the Chief Minister and Sachin Pilot will be the Deputy Chief Minister," Venugopal announced here adding it will be a mix of experience and dynamism. 
 
This is the third time the 72-year-old Gehlot will assume the reins of Rajasthan as Chief Minister while the 41-year-old Pilot, who won his maiden Assembly election, will be making a debut in the state.
 
Expressing his gratitude over being chosen as Chief Minister, Gehlot assured the people of Rajasthan that the party would fulfil all its commitments including waiver of farmers' loans, generating employment for the youth and providing good governance. 
 
"My colleague Sachin Pilot and others will get together to fulfil the vision and promises of Rahul Gandhi," he said. 
 
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Congratulating Gehlot, Pilot described the elections in the three Hindi heartland states of Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh as a game changer in national politics and said the results had given hope to the people as regards economic development and harmony. He exuded confidence the party would win the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. 
 
Venugopal said a delegation of leaders including Gehlot and Pilot would be meeting Governor Kalyan Singh to convey the decision of the party. 
 
Thursday was marked by dramatic developments when Gehlot was chosen to lead the Congress Legislature Party and was headed for Jaipur when he was called back from the airport as Pilot supporters launched street protests, embarrassing the party after a tough election win.
 
Gandhi wanted that, like in Madhya Pradesh, the power struggle should be halted and a picture of consensus should go to the people. He called for fresh consultations late on Thursday night and on Friday morning when the two leaders met and the issue was sorted out.
 
In a sign of the tussle being resolved, Gandhi on Friday tweeted his photograph with a smiling Gehlot and Pilot with a caption "United Colours of Rajasthan!".
 
Ahead of the meeting, Gehlot took a veiled dig at Pilot saying that the party unit had already left the decision on Gandhi and it was not the time to express individual choices. 
 
"We have given the duty to the High Command. Let it decide who is to be given what responsibility. If I say my choice is this, it is not time for that. The time is to strengthen the Congress, see how its graph goes up. 
 
"If Congress is strong, everyone will be empowered and we prove to be useful in meeting the objectives of the 2019 elections. This alone should be our thinking," Gehlot said. 
 
In Madhya Pradesh, too, the party went for the old guard, preferring veteran and state party chief Kamal Nath as the Chief Minister over the youthful parliamentarian Jyotiraditya Scindia. But as of now, there is no sign that Scindia will be a Deputy Chief Minister.
 
Jyotiraditya Scindia is the son the late Congress veteran Madhavrao Scindia while Sachin Pilot is the son of the late Union Minister Rajesh Pilot. 
 
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Gehlot to be Rajasthan CM, Pilot Deputy CM

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The Congress on Friday declared that Ashok Gehlot will be the leader of its legislature party in Rajasthan and state Congress chief Sachin Pilot its deputy leader, paving the way for their swearing-in as the Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister, respectively, of the state.
 
This brings to an end the three-day impasse on the question of leadership in the state.
 
The announcement was made by party observer for the state K. C. Venugopal.
 
He said the decision was taken by party President Rahul Gandhi.
 
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Gehlot emerges top choice for Rajasthan CM, Pilot puts up spirited claim

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Veteran Congress leader Ashok Gehlot on Thursday emerged Rahul Gandhi's pick as the Chief Minister in Rajasthan, but suspense continued with state party chief Sachin Pilot putting up his claim strongly as the two leaders had late night meetings with the Congress President.
 
Both Pilot and Gehlot had separate meetings with Gandhi, unlike in Madhya Pradesh where the two aspirants -- Kamal Nath and Jyotiraditya Scindia -- had met him together. 
 
Party observer for Rajasthan K. C. Venugopal, who was also at the meetings, told the media later that taking decision on leadership was not easy but it will be announced on Friday.
 
"Taking decision on CM is not an easy job. The final decision will be taken tomorrow in a meeting to be held here around 10 a.m.," he said. 
 
Pilot, who had a meeting with Gandhi earlier in the day, reached Gandhi's residence at 10.30 p.m on Thursday.
 
The meeting came hours after the leadership issue was settled in Madhya Pradesh, with Gandhi tweeting his picture with Kamal Nath and Scindia, who were both chief ministerial aspirants. The smiling picture carried the line "The two most powerful warriors are patience and time - Leo Tolstoy."
 
Kamal Nath was chosen as the new Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh and both he and Scindia flew down to Bhopal to announce the decision.
 
Party sources said Gandhi is keen to give a similar message for Rajasthan as well.
 
Both in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, the Congress missed the majority mark by two seats and is now dependent on some external support. 
 
Pilot, who stayed put in Delhi, appealed to party workers to maintain peace and saying that he would "welcome" any decision that will be taken by the party. 
 
He issued the appeal on Twitter as reports emerged that Gehlot has been picked by the party leadership to lead the government and that his (Pilot's) supporters were protesting on the streets demanding that Pilot should be made the Chief Minister. 
 
The name of 67-year-old Gehlot, a two-time Chief Minister, is expected to be announced by the party on Friday.
 
Earlier, Gehlot and Pilot met Rahul Gandhi. UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi is understood to have counselled Rahul Gandhi over relying on "experience" as it was a verdict with a narrow margin of victory and a seasoned leader would be better equipped to deal with a situation in which the party would need the backing of MLAs belonging to BSP and Independents, who won 13 seats. Most of them are Congress rebels. 
 
The party won 99 seats and with its pre-poll alliance partner it managed to touch the halfway mark in the 200-member Assembly. 
 
Pilot reportedly put up a strong claim to the post on the ground that he had galvanised the party after the defeat in 2013, when he was appointed the state party chief.
 
Gehlot, who was planning to leave for Jaipur but was asked to stay back in Delhi, also appealed to workers to maintain peace and said any decision taken by the leadership will be acceptable to all. 
 
Asked by the media why he returned from the airport, he said he could leave at night or on Friday accompanied by central party observer K.C. Venugopal and Avinash Pande, who is the party in charge in the state.
 
About the delay in announcing a decision, Gehlot said: "Such decisions take time because three states are involved. It is good that the leadership has decided to consult various leaders and workers."
 
Replying to another question, he said, "What right BJP has to question us on the decisions? A signal has gone from the elections to the country that those who created an atmosphere of hate have been wiped out from the Hindi heartland. And this is what will happen in the Lok Sabha elections too."
 
On Tuesday and Wednesday, the central Congress observers met the newly elected MLAs in a bid to find out who they would prefer as Chief Minister.
 
The MLAs authorised Gandhi to take the call on the Chief Minister's name.
 
Both Gehlot and Pilot had also called on Governor Kalyan Singh on Wednesday evening and staked claim to form the government. Both contested the Assembly elections and won their seats.
 
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Scindia, Gehlot, Pilot meet Rahul ahead of CM decision

Hectic parleys were on at Congress President Rahul Gandhi's residence on Thursday to choose the chief ministers of Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan where the party dislodged the BJP from power in the Assembly elections.

Rahul Gandhi.
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Hectic parleys were on at Congress President Rahul Gandhi's residence on Thursday to choose the chief ministers of Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan where the party dislodged the BJP from power in the Assembly elections.
 
UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and her daughter Priyanka Gandhi Vadra were also present during the consultations when party leader Jyotiraditya Scindia, who is a contender for the Chief Minister post in Madhya Pradesh, met Rahul Gandhi.
 
Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot, who are aspirants in Rajasthan, also met Rahul Gandhi.
 
Gehlot and Pilot reached Gandhi's residence one after the other to apprise the party chief of their views. Central party observer for Rajasthan K.C. Venugopal also met Gandhi. 
 
The meetings came a day after newly-elected Congress MLAs in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh passed unanimous resolutions authorising Rahul Gandhi to take a decision on who will lead the legislature party in the these states.
 
Scindia and Madhya Pradesh Congress chief Kamal Nath are contenders for the post of Chief Minister in Madhya Pradesh.
 
The Congress, which fell two short of the majority mark in the 230-member Madhya Pradesh Assembly, has staked claim to form the government with the support of Independents 
(Congress rebels), Bahujan Samaj Party and Samajwadi Party MLAs. 
 
In Rajasthan the party got 99 seats and crossed the halfway mark with its ally Rashtriya Lok Dal in the 200-member Assembly
 
The Congress has registered a landslide victory in Chhattisgarh.
 
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Rahul to announce MP, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan CM names

Amid intense negotiations, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said that he will soon announce the names of Chief Ministers for Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh.

Rahul Gandhi.
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Amid intense negotiations, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said that he will soon announce the names of Chief Ministers for Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh.
 
"We are taking inputs from different people in the party -- from party workers, MLAs... 
 
"We are getting a comprehensive answer to what the Congress party and others feel... of course you have to see a Chief Minister soon," he told reporters outside Parliament, as he left for his party office to meet Rajasthan contenders Sachin Pilot and former Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, who reached New Delhi earlier in the day. 
 
In Madhya Pradesh, state Congress chief and veteran MP Kamal Nath and Jyotiradhitya Scindia are the two contenders for the hief Ministerial post, while Bhupesh Baghel has emerged as the front-runner in the race in Chhattisgarh, where the Congress won a landslide victory.
 
On Wednesday, Gandhi through an audio message, congratulated the party workers for the victory in the assembly elections in the three states and urged them to reveal their choice of Chief Minister.
 
"I want to ask you an important question: Who should be the chief minister? Please mention just one name. I'm the only person who would know whom you are naming. No one in the party will know. Please speak after the beep," he was heard saying. 
 
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Rahul to decide on CMs in MP, Rajasthan

The newly-elected Congress MLAs in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan on Wednesday left to Congress President Rahul Gandhi the issue of deciding as to who will be the Chief Ministers in the two states.

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The newly-elected Congress MLAs in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan on Wednesday left to Congress President Rahul Gandhi the issue of deciding as to who will be the Chief Ministers in the two states.
 
A resolution to this effect was passed at a meeting of the respective legislature parties in the presence of central observers and the Chief Ministerial aspirants -- Kamal Nath and Jyotiraditya Scindia in Madhya Pradesh and Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot in Rajasthan.
 
Congress leader Shobha Oza told reporters in Bhopal that the newly-elected MLAs passed a resolution urging Gandhi to take a call on the Chief Minister's name. The meeting was presided over by central observer A. K. Antony.
 
Similarly, the newly-elected legislators in Rajasthan also met in the presence of central observer K. C. Venugopal and adopted a resolution leaving the final decision to the party President.
 
While Gehlot and Pilot contested and won the Assembly elections in Rajasthan, both Nath and Scindia are members of Lok Sabha and did not contest the Assembly polls in Madhya Pradesh.
 
In both the states, the party had not named any chief ministerial candidate ahead of the elections.
 
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CLP meet begins in Rajasthan to elect leader

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Former Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and state Congress president Sachin Pilot reached the Pradesh Congress Committee office on Wednesday to attend a meeting which will choose the leader of the Congress Legislature Party, who will be the Chief Minister.
 
Both Pilot and Gehot are leading contenders for the top post.
 
Newly-elected Congress MLAs from across the state are attending the meeting.
 
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Majority of Rajasthan ministers lose in Rajasthan Assembly elections

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The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) faced a major embarrassment in Rajasthan when 17 of its ministers lost their seats, though Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje managed to win in Jhalrapatan with a margin of 34,980 votes.
 
Raje defeated her Congress rival and veteran BJP leader Jaswant Singh's son Manvendra Singh, who had switched sides from the BJP just before the elections and contested against her.
 
Of the 17 BJP Ministers, state Agriculture Minister Prabhu Lal Saini lost Anta seat to his nearest rival Pramod Bhaya of Congress, who got 97,160 votes with a winning margin of 34,063 votes.
 
Sports Minister Gajendra Singh Khivsar also lost from Lohwat seat to his Congress rival Kishana Ram Vishnoi. Public Works Department Minister Yunush Khan, who was pitted against state Congress President Sachin Pilot from Tonk constituency, too, had to face defeat. Pilot secured 1,09,040 votes and won with a margin of 54,179 seats. 
 
Tribal Area Minister Nandlal Meena's son Hemant Meena lost the Pratapgarh seat to Congress's Ramlal, who bagged 1,00,625 votes and won with a margin of 16,668 votes.
 
Industy Minister Rajpal Singh Shekhawat lost Jhotwara seat to Congress's Lalchand Kataria, who secured 1,27,185 votes, securing victory with a margin of 10,747 votes. Water Resources Minister Rampratap lost Hanumangarh seat to his Congress rival Vinod, Kumar who secured 1,11,207 votes, emerging victorious with a margin of 15,522 votes. 
 
Minister Hem Singh Bhadana lost from Thangazi constituency. He was defeated by Independent candidate Kanti Prasad, who secured 64,079 votes and won with a margin of 29,350 votes. Bhadana was contesting as an Independent candidate after quitting BJP a few months ago.
 
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Minister Ajay Sigh Kilak lost Degana constituency to his Congress rival Vijaypal Mirdaha, who got 75,362 votes and won with a margin of 21,538 votes. Social Justice and Minority Affairs Minister Arun Chaturvedi lost Civil Lines to Congress's Pratap Singh Khachariyawas, who secured 87,937 votes and won with a margin of 18,078 votes.
 
Urban Development Minister Shrichand Kriplani lost Nimbahera seat to Congress's Anjana Udailal, who got 1,10,037 votes and had a victory margin of 11,908 votes. Revenue Minister Amra Ram lost Pachpadra seat to Congress's Madan Prajapat, who polled 69,393 votes and won with a margin of 2,395 votes. Art and Culture Minister Krishnendra Kaur (Deepa) lost Nadbai seat to her BSP rival Joginder Singh Awana, who got 50,976 votes. 
 
Mines Minister Surender Pal Singh lost Karanpur seat to Congress's Gurmeet Singh Kooner (73, 896 votes) with a margin of 28,376 votes. State Minister Otaram Devasi faced defeat in Sirohi constituency from Independent candidate Sanyam Lodha, who got 81,272 votes and won with a margin of 10,253 votes.
 
State Minister Banshidhar Bajiya lost Khandela seat to Independent candidate Mahadeo Singh, who got 53,864 votes and won with a margin of 4,348 votes. State Minister Sushil Katara lost Chorasi seat to Bhartiya Tribal Party candidate Rajkumar Roat, who got 64,119 votes and won with a margin of 12,934 votes. 
 
State Minister Kamsa also lost Bhopalgarh seat to his Rashtriya Loktantrik Party rival Pukhraj, who got 68,386 votes. His won by a margin of 22,584 votes.
 
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Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje concedes defeat

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Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje on Tuesday conceded BJP's defeat in the Assembly elections and hoped the Congress would take forward the policies her government had implemented in the last five years.
 
She said her party will raise issues of public importance while sitting in the opposition in the Assembly.
 
"I accept this mandate by the people. BJP has worked a lot for them in these five years, I hope the next party takes those policies and works forward," Raje said while addressing a media briefing. 
 
Raje said the BJP will raise issues of public interest and will take positive steps in their favour while sitting in the opposition in the Assembly. 
 
She congratulated the Congress for their victory in the state and thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP President Amit Shah, senior party leaders and all the party workers for their guidance and support. 
 
In a closely fought battle the Congress is all set to form a new government ousting the BJP from power.
 
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Congress Legislature Party to meet on Wednesday

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The Congress said on Tuesday after winning the Rajasthan Assembly election that it has called a meeting of its newly elected legislators on Wednesday to decide who the new Chief Minister should be.
 
AICC General Secretary in-charge of Rajasthan Avinash Pandey and AICC General Secretary K. C. Venugopal said here that the newly elected Congress MLAs would meet at 11 a.m. on Wednesday. 
 
Pandey said he and Venugopal would also individually meet each MLA to know his opinion. They would also speak with senior leaders in the state.
 
"After that we would apprise the Congress President of the situation. The final decision would be of the Congress President," Venugopal said.
 
State Congress chief Sachin Pilot and former Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot were also present at the press conference. 
 
The party is poised for a majority in the state with trends indicating it would bag 97 of the 199 seats for which elections were conducted. 
 
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Singer Beyonce arrives in Udaipur to perform at Isha Ambani's pre-wedding celebrations

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Grammy Award-winning singer Beyonce arrived in the City of Lakes on Sunday to perform at a pre-wedding celebration for Isha Ambani and Anand Piramal.
 
Beyonce sported a white printed ensemble and a pair of shades as she stepped out of the Maharana Pratap Airport. A red lip colour brightened up her look as she let her curly tresses loose.
 
The "Crazy in love" singer will perform on Sunday night for a star-studded audience, which includes US former First Lady Hillary Clinton and a slew of Bollywood celebrities including newlywed Priyanka Chopra and her American singer husband Nick Jonas.
 
Beyonce's arrival for a private concert here has been much talked about since September when American singer John Legend performed at Isha and Anand's engagement in Italy's Lake Como.
 
The wedding celebrations are as grand as expected.
 
On Saturday night, a glitzy sangeet ceremony saw the bride and groom's family in a celebratory mood.
 
Among those who joined the party were business tycoons, as well as Bollywood celebrities like Aamir Khan with wife Kiran Rao, Abhishek Bachchan with mother Jaya, wife Aishwarya and daughter Aaradhya, Karan Johar, Salman Khan, Parineeti Chopra, Anil Kapoor and wife Sunita, Boney Kapoor with daughters Janhvi and Khushi, Siddharth Roy Kapur with wife Vidya Balan, John Abraham with wife Priya Runchal, Ronnie Screwvala with wife Zarine, Karisma Kapoor, Varun Dhawan and Karan Tacker.
 
Veteran actress Rekha also arrived here on Sunday.
 
Isha and Anand, scions of the Ambani and Piramal business families respectively, will wed as per Indian traditions, customs and culture at the Mumbai residence of the Ambani family on December 12.
 
On Friday, the families started the pre-wedding functions with a special four-day 'Anna Seva' to feed 5,100 people, a majority of them with special abilities, here.
 
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Ballot unit box found on Rajasthan highway

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A ballot unit box was found lying unattended on National Highway 27 near Shahabad town in Rajasthan's Baran district on Friday night, police said on Friday.
 
Villagers who spotted the box alerted the police. The ballot unit had Kishanganj 194 and R-149 written on it.
 
District Election Officer S. P. Singh said two officials, Abdul Rafeeq and Naval Singh, were found guilty and suspended following the episode.
 
As per protocol, the machine was to be sent to the district headquarter to be kept in the strong room, he said. 
 
Rajasthan voted on Thursday to elect a new state Assembly. The two main contenders for power are the ruling BJP and the main opposition Congress.
 
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Ambanis seek Udaipur’s blessings for their daughter’s wedding through special ‘Anna Seva’

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Isha Ambani, daughter of Mukesh and Nita Ambani (seen in the background), serving food to people at an "Anna Seva" organised ahead of her wedding with Anand Piramal, in Udaipur on December 7, 2018.
 
Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) Chairman and Managing Director Mukesh Ambani and his family today commenced a special "Anna Seva" in Udaipur as a mark of respect and gratitude to  the city in Rajasthan and seek its people's blessings for the upcoming wedding of their daughter Isha.
 
As part of the Anna Seva, the family has taken up the auspicious task of feeding 5,100 people (a majority of them with special abilities) three times every day from today till December 10 to coincide with the pre-wedding functions of Isha Ambani and Anand Piramal on December 8-9.
 
Family members, including Mukesh and his wife Nita Ambani, Ajay and Swati Piramal, Isha and Anand, were present at the Anna Seva function, serving people and interacting with them. The Anna Seva functions will continue for four days and will be performed three times a day at the Narayan Seva Sansthan, Udaipur, a representative of the family said in a statement.
 
In addition, the pre-wedding festivities will also see the setting up of a specially curated exhibit called the Swadesh Bazaar that will showcase 108 traditoinal Indian crafts and  art forms from different regions of the country for the national and international guests. Presenting the art will be master craftsmen and craftswomen themselves, who are keeping these traditional arts alive, creating an interesting experience as also an immersion into India’s cultural heritage.
 
"Swadesh Bazaar is a unique concept to encourage the craftsmanship of traditional Indian artisans, especially for a lot of indigenous crafts that need conservation and revival and have been supported by Reliance Foundation over the years. The Foundation aims to broaden and deepen its support to the goals of Swadesh Bazaar on a bigger and more sustainable scale in future," the statement said.
 
From the rich Kanjeevaram, exclusive Patola, intricate Chikankari to fine Bandhani, exhibits cover over 30 types of textiles and weaves. Depicting folktales and local legends, artists will showcase ancient painting forms like Gond, Madhubani, Phad, Warli and Thangka. Weavers, potters and sculptors from all around the country will make this a mega celebration of art and culture.
 
"This unique exhibit has not just provided livelihoods to thousands of such artisans, but also giving an opportunity to showcase their rare works from every nook and corner of India, for people’s interest, appreciation and support," the statement added.
 
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72.62% voting in Rajasthan, 67% in Telangana as Assembly polls end

More than 72.62% of the electorate in Rajasthan and 67% in Telangana turned out to exercise their franchise amidst tight security today, bringing the curtains down on crucial Assembly polls in five states just months ahead of the all-important 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

Voters queue up outside a polling booth in Warangal district of Telangana in the State Assembly elections on December 7, 2018.
Voters queue up outside a polling booth in Warangal district of Telangana in the State Assembly elections on December 7, 2018.
More than 72.62 percent of the electorate in Rajasthan and 67 percent in Telangana turned out to exercise their franchise amidst tight security today, bringing the curtains down on crucial Assembly polls in five states just months ahead of the all-important 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
 
The final voting figures in both states are likely to be slightly higher as Election Commission officials collate numbers from polling booths in remote areas.
 
Polling was held on November 28 in Madhya Pradesh and Mizoram and in two phases on November 12 and 20 in Chhattisgarh.
 
Counting of votes in all five states will be taken up on December 11 and all results are expected to be available by that evening.
 
In Rajasthan, where voting began at 8 am and will continue till 5 pm, the Congress is making a strong bid to unseat the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government headed by Vasundhara Raje that has been in power since December 2013.
 
About 4.74 crore voters were eligible to exercise their franchise to decide the fate of 2,274 candidates in the fray for the 200-member Assembly. 
 
Out of 2,274 candidates, 189 women were in the fray in 199 out of the 200 assembly constituencies. The BJP contested all seats, while the Congress had left five seats for its allies. 
 
The Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) fielded 190 candidatesm the Communist Party of India-Marxist 28 and the Communist Party of India 16.  There were 830 independent candidates. 
 
The election in Alwar district's Ramgarh constituency was postponed due to the death of BSP candidate Laxman Singh. 
 
In Telangana, polling began at 7 am and ended at 5 pm in 106 constituencies. In 13 Left-wing extremism (LWE)-affected constituencies, polling ended an hour earlier at 4 pm.
 
There were long queues of voters outside many polling booths at the close of polling hours, and all of them were allowed to vote as per the procedure.
 
Around 2.8 crore electors were eligible to decide the fate of 1,821 candidates in Telangana in the first election after the state was formed. In the 2014 elections held in united Andhra Pradesh, Telangana had registered a voter turnout of 68.9 percent.
 
The ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), led by Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao, which is seeking a second consecutive term in power, is up against a resurgent Congress-led People's Front.
 
The ruling Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) decided to go in for early polls and, accordingly, the Governor of the State had dissolved the Assembly with immediate effect on September 6, 2018, nearly nine months before its term was to end. The TRS move was aimed at catching the Opposition parties unawares but the Congress threw a surprise by coming up with an alliance in a bid to oust the ruling party. 
 
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The Congress had tied up with TDP, CPI and Telangana Jana Samithi (TJS), a new party floated by M. Kodandaram, who was once Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao's friend in the Telangana movement.
 
Telangana had 51,796 polling stations, an increase of 14.25 per cent over the previous election in 2013. 
 
The term of the current Assembly in Chhattisgarh is due to expire on January 5, 2019; Madhya Pradesh on January 7, 2019; Rajasthan on January 20, 2019 and Mizoram on December 15, 2018.
 
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The polling in Telangana, which began on a dull note at 7 a.m., picked up after 9. Long queues of voters including women were seen especially in rural areas.
 
Chief Electoral Officer Rajath Kumar said barring sporadic incidents, the polling was peaceful and smooth in all 32,815 polling stations across 31 districts.
 
In some polling centres, the process started late due to technical glitches in Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs).
 
Of the total electorate, nearly half are women. There were 1,821 candidates, including Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao and his 14 cabinet colleagues.
 
Congress candidate Vamshichand Reddy was injured in stone pelting by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers in Nagarkurnool district. He was admitted to a hospital.
 
Tension prevailed in Kodangal constituency where the midnight arrest of Congress Working Ptesident Revanth Reddy on December 4 had triggered a huge row, leading to transfer of Vikarabad District Superintendent of Police by the Election Commission.
 
Voters at several places complained that their names were missing from the voters' list. Some voters staged protests after officials did not allow them to exercise their franchise in the absence of voter slips.
 
Prominent people whose names were missing from the voter's list include family members of Finance Minister E. Rajender. Badminton player Jwala Gutta tweeted that her name was missing from the list.
 
Many celebrities including superstar Chiranjeevi, Nagarjuna, Junior NTR, tennis star Sania Mirza and ace shuttler P. V. Sindhu voted but this failed to enthuse the voters as overall turnout remained less than 40 per cent by 3 p.m.
 
Chief Minister and Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) President cast his vote in his village in Siddipet district and exuded confidence that his party will retain power with a huge majority.
 
Over 50,000 security personnel, including 18,860 from neighbouring states and central forces, were deployed as part of the security arrangements.
 
Over 1.50 lakh polling personnel were on duty to conduct the polling process. As many as 55,329 EVMs and 39,763 control units were in use.
 
For the first time, Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) were installed across the state.
 
The BJP was the third key force in some constituencies. The Bahujan Left Front led by the Communist Party of India-Marxist and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) also contested majority of the seats.
 
The All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) contested eight seats in Hyderabad.
 
In Rajasthan, too, the elections were largely peaceful barring a few sporadic incidents of violence.
 
The voting was quite low at the start, but it picked up pace gradually. In all, 41.33 per cent votes were cast till 1 p.m, which touched around 60 per cent by 3 p.m and went up to 72.65 per cent by 5 p.m.
 
The Congress, meanwhile, has complained to the Election Commission (EC) about malfunctioning of around 400 VVPAT machines. The party workers also complained of slow voting and requested the Commission to extend the voting time.
 
A total of 1.44 lakh constables, head constables and 1,500 police officials were deputed for election duties, while a total of 640 companies were monitoring at different polling centres. Strict vigilance was maintained at 11,000 booths with the help of web casting, videography and micro-observers.
 
Early in the morning, Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje voted at a polling booth in her Jhalrapatan constituency in Jhalawar district, while Union Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and Congress leader Sachin Pilot voted at a polling booth in Jaipur.
 
"I think people have seen the kind of work that has taken place in Rajasthan and I think they will go out and vote for development," Raje said after casting her ballot.
 
The Congress' key candidate, Pilot, who is fighting an Assembly election for the first time, said: "There are people who never visited the state and have come only for campaigning. The state has suffered a lot under Raje."
 
In wake of technical faults reports in many polling stations, Jalore District Collector B. L. Kothari said: "Around four EVMs had technical glitch in Ahore constituency. However, within a few minutes, these machines were replaced and smooth polling started in there. This was in early morning owing to poor connections but they were rectified immediately as we had extra machines at the centre."
 
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