Assembly Election Results 2017 – Saffron Holi. PM Narendra Modi Wave Lands BJP The Huge Uttar Pradesh Prize


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Assembly Election Results 2017:Counting of vote for UP, Punjab, Manipur, Goa, Uttarakhand began at 8 am

NEW DELHI:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi has led the BJP to a massive victory in Uttar Pradesh, with the party now ahead in almost 300 of the state’s 403 seats. It needs 202 to form government. The BJP is also set to sweep neighbouring Uttarakhand. In Punjab, the Congress looks set to stage a comeback. Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party is likely to be the day’s biggest loser. Votes are being counted for assembly elections in five states today.

  1. Three hours into counting, the BJP had raced ahead in 306 seats in UP, a whopping gain of 257 seats over its tally of 48 in the 2012 assembly election. The Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party-Congress alliance was a poor second, leading in 72 seats, down 181. Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party was leading only in 18 seats.
  2. In Punjab, the Congress was leading in 69 seats, up 23 seats from 2012. Arvind Kejriwal’s AAP was ahead in 26 seats in its debut election, and the incumbent Akali Dal-BJP is last with 21 seats, down 47. A party needs 59 seats for a majority in the 117-member Punjab assembly.
  3. The BJP and the Congress are neck-and-neck in Goa, but at 11 am trends were available only for 23 of the state’s 40 seats.
  4. In the hill state of Uttarakhand, the BJP has established an unassailable lead, ahead in 54 of the state’s 70 sets. If trends sustain, the party will get an absolute majority in the state. The Congress is leading only in 11 seats.
  5. The ruling Congress is leading in Manipur with 19 seats. The BJP is in second place with 14 seats. Trends were available for only 39 of the state’s 60 seats yet.
  6. The mega UP election, held in seven rounds, is seen as a bellwether for the 2019 national election. PM Modi was the face of the BJP’s campaign for the most important election he has faced since he led his party to victory in the 2014 national election.
  7. An outright win in UP will be an endorsement of the PM’s stewardship of the economy after his high-risk decision last November to scrap 500 and 1,000 rupee notes worth 86 per cent of the cash in circulation, aimed at eliminating corruption and black money. It will also improve the BJP’s strength in the Rajya Sabha or upper house of parliament where the government is in a minority and has trouble pushing legislation.
  8. UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, seeking a second straight term for his Samajwadi Party, partnered with the Congress in a strategy that failed.
  9. The Congress has done disastrously in recent elections and another string of losses today will raise more questions on the leadership of the party’s vice president Rahul Gandhi. A win in Punjab will be the best news the Congress will have heard for months.
  10. Arvind Kejriwal’s AAP had debuted in two states this year – Punjab and Goa – hoping to replicate its success in the Delhi assembly elections two years ago. AAP has not opened its account in Goa yet and is currently last in Punjab.

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Congress says it won’t let Modi speak in Parliament unless he says sorry to Manmohan, Rahul attacks PM


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Outraged over Narendra Modi’s remarks against predecessor Manmohan Singh, the Congress warned on Wednesday that it will not let the Prime Minister speak in Parliament unless he apologises for his “unacceptable” comment.

Congress members in the Rajya Sabha staged a walkout soon after Modi accused Singh of “allowing corruption under his nose but at the same time managing to steer clear” of any charges. The Prime Minister was replying to a debate on the motion of thanks on the President’s address.

Terming the events in Parliament “shameful”, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi tweeted: “When a Prime Minister reduces himself to ridiculing his predecessor-years his senior, he hurts the dignity of the parliament &the nation.”

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Even though many scams took place in the country (in the previous UPA regime), Singh’s image remained clean, Modi said, taking a dig at the former PM. “People should learn from Dr. Singh how to bathe in bathroom wearing a raincoat.”

“How can you have a dialogue with the opposition with this kind of language used against us… You can’t get personal in a debate,” senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal later told reporters in the Parliament House complex. “We too could get personal and start talking about things where the Prime Minister’s name has occurred but we never did that.”

While Singh did not respond to the Prime Minister’s statement, the Congress fielded all its senior leaders to attack Modi on the issue.

Former finance minister P Chidambaram claimed that the Prime Minister doesn’t come to the House to listen to anyone from the Opposition. “Today, he was scheduled to come in at 5pm. He deliberately did not come at that time and came only after the last speaker from the opposition had concluded. Then he begins his speech and within minutes attacks the former Prime Minister in the most unacceptable manner,” he said.

“It was in extremely poor taste. It is unbecoming of a Prime Minister to use such language against the former PM. It certainly is unbecoming of anyone to say such harsh, ugly statements about Dr Manmohan Singh. We are very disappointed and angry.”

We have expressed our protest by walking out. We could have stayed back, created a ruckus, stormed the well of the House and shouted down the Prime Minister. But that would have in the circumstances of today brought us down to the level of the debate which the Prime Minister wanted. We don’t want such a debate to take place. We want the people to know that no Prime Minister has ever used such a language against a former Prime Minister,” Chidambaram added.

In a strongly worded attack on the government’s demonetisation exercise in the Rajya Sabha during the winter session in November last year, Singh said that several deaths and distress among the poor, farmers and small traders convinced him the demonetisation plan led to “organised loot and legalised plunder”.

On Wednesday, in an apparent reference to these comments, PM Modi said, “We have the ability to pay back in the same coin,” Modi said. “If anyone speaks like this, he should also be ready to face the consequences.”

But Sibal defended the use of words “plunder and loot” by Singh, saying those were not personal remarks against Modi but about the demonetisation policy. “We have never seen such arrogance. There is a dignity of the chair he occupies. The PM gives speeches in Parliament as if he speaks in a locality or in a ground. He doesn’t know what to say and what not in Parliament. The PM thinks that only he is clean and the rest all of us are black marketers,” he said.

From the government benches, information and broadcasting minister Venkaiah Naidu supported PM Modi and said that the Congress had earlier described Modi as Hitler as well as Mussolini.

However, Congress’ deputy leader in the Rajya Sabha Anand Sharma refuted these charges. “Never ever have we called the Prime Minister names even if he functions in a dictatorial manner. The fact is that he is behaving in an extremely insulting and arrogant manner towards the entire opposition. He has also insulted the memory of India’s martyred Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and used unacceptable language against the former Prime Minister. We cautioned him initially not to drag the debate to such a low level,” he said.

Congress’ chief spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala tweeted: “PM is not a person but an institution it has a decorum, propriety, morality and discipline in language. Sadly, Modi ji forgets he is PM of India!”

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If we release data, it will create ‘chaos’ in India: Legion


New York/New Delhi, Dec 12 (IANS) The hacker group “Legion” that broke into the Twitter accounts of the Congress Party, its Vice President Rahul Gandhi, controversial liquor baron Vijay Mallya and now TV journalists Barkha Dutt and Ravish Kumar has finally come out in the open.

In an interview with The Washington Post on Monday — through an encrypted instant-messaging software, “Legion” said the group has access to servers like that of Apollo Hospitals and it was unsure about releasing data from those servers because it might cause “chaos” in Indiatwitter_hacked.

“Legion wasn’t even interested in ‘political data’ until a few weeks ago. …the group was in possession of several terabytes of raw data concerning all sorts of ‘interests’ and that within that trove the hackers had identified gigabytes worth of information relating to Indian public figures,” the report quoted the user marked LC from “Legion Crew” as saying.

“When I asked him how they came into possession of so much data, he was vague, and said they just ended up with access to over 40k+ servers in India, ‘and we decided — hey, why not write a tool to sift through them for interesting data’,” said Max Bearak who writes about foreign affairs for the Washington Post.

“He said the data was choosing the targets for them, not the other way around. Whatever they were finding, they aimed to release. From Dutt’s Twitter account, they shared a link to a ‘partial’ data dump of approximately 1.2 gigabytes of her emails,” Bearak said.

“Legion” has warned that their next target is former IPL Chairman Lalit Modi.

“As for upcoming targets, LC indicated that he and his fellow hackers had their sights set on bigger things,” the report said.

“Then again, he said, the hacking was taking away from precious time he’d rather spend doing drugs and making electronic music… He said he particularly disliked spending time in India’s capital, New Delhi, and suggested that he might try to go to Russia — to do some more drugs,” it added.

As they hacked the Twitter accounts from India, the group sought public support claiming that they will be doing more such cracking in the coming weeks.

“People and brothers who support the cause – Join us! Email us at legion_group@sigaint.org. We require info on f***tards like this one,” a tweet said earlier.

“Support Legion. We will bring you the info needed to bring these criminals to justice,” it said.

“This is just a partial dump. More data will be coming over the course of a few days 😉 We are Legion,” another tweet from the shadowy group said.

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Narendra Modi’s victory tweet creates record


NEW DELHI: On counting day, a tweet by BJP’s prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi, has broken all records in India becoming the most retweeted tweet ever in the country.

While the National Democratic Alliance is leading by a large margin as per current trends, Modi proclaimed victory with a tweet that says “India has won! भारत की विजय। अच्छे दिन आने वाले हैं।” (India has won! We’re approaching the good days). At the time of writing this story, the tweet has been retweeted 39,742 times and favourited 21,691 times.

Twitter India’s official account also confirmed that the tweet is indeed the most retweeted tweet ever from India.

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It’s worth pointing out that Twitter has played a major role in the Indian elections with candidates using it as a medium to reach out to voters and news organizations leveraging its capability to disseminate information and update users. Just a day ago, Twitter India had announced that more than 56 million election-related Tweets were tweeted from January 1 till May 12, in 2014.

Today’s victory tweet has been retweeted almost 8 times more compared to Narendra Modi’s other highly retweeted tweets. Modi’s last highly retweeted tweet had registered 4842 retweets.

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The other top retweeted tweets from India include tweets by Salman Khan, Sachin Tendulkar, Rajinikanth and Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

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Earlier in the year, during the Oscars ceremony, host Ellen DeGeneres managed to set a retweet record with her star-studded selfie that caused a Twitter outage that lasted well over 20 minutes.

The tweet has been retweeted 3,42 million times retweets and favourited 2.02 million times, even breaking a record set by President Barack Obama’s tweet with his picture hugging First Lady Michelle Obama after his re-election in 2012. That tweet had got merely 774,931 retweets.

 

Indian politician ND Tiwari marries son’s mother


In March, ND Tiwari (centre) accepted that Rohit Shekhar (right) was his son and that he had a relationship with his mother Ujjwala Sharma (left)

In March, ND Tiwari (centre) accepted that Rohit Shekhar (right) was his son and that he had a relationship with his mother Ujjwala Sharma (left)

Senior Indian politician ND Tiwari has married a woman whose son he accepted as his own after a lengthy court battle.

Mr Tiwari married Ujjwala Sharma, 65, at a small ceremony in Lucknow city.

In 2012, DNA tests proved that 33-year-old Rohit Shekhar was the son of Mr Tiwari, a prominent member of the ruling Congress party.

Mr Tiwari had earlier denied claims that he had a relationship with Mr Shekhar’s mother.

But in March, he publicly accepted Mr Shekhar as his son.

Media reports said Ms Sharma recently protested outside Mr Tiwari’s house in Lucknow demanding that she be allowed to live with him.

“I’m very happy, Mr Tiwari suggested the marriage, it was a low-profile event,” Ms Sharma was quoted as saying by the NDTV news channel after the wedding.

Rohit Shekhar had gone to the court in 2008, claiming he was born out of the relationship between Mr Tiwari and his mother.

The politician had dismissed the claim as an attempt to malign his reputation.

Mr Tiwari has been a federal minister in past governments and also the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous state.

In 2009, he resigned as the governor of the southern state of Andhra Pradesh after video footage surfaced allegedly showing him in bed with three women.

His office denied the allegation, saying that the video had been doctored.

Mr Tiwari was married but his wife died in 1993. The couple had no children together.

source: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-27420122?OCID=fbbbcindia