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LS elections Phase 1: 64 candidates of different parties file nominations for 6 seats in MP

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Bhopal, March 28 (IANS) Sixty-four candidates of the various political parties have filed nominations for the six Lok Sabha constituencies in Madhya Pradesh that will go to the polls in the first phase on April 19.

Of them, six each are from the BJP and Congress while the remaining are from other political parties. This number excludes Independent candidates.

Three BJP candidates — Ashish Dube from Jabalpur, Bharti Paradhi from Balaghat, and Vivek ‘Bunty’ Sahu from Chhindwara — filed their nomination papers on Wednesday in the presence of Chief Minister Mohan Yadav and several other senior leaders of the party.

Also, Congress’ Phundelal Marko, Omkar Singh Markam and Samart Singh Saraswar filed their nominations on the last day for Shahdol, Mandla and Balaghat Lok Sabha seats, respectively.

Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) president Jitu Patwari along with Leader of Opposition Umang Singhar and former state president Arun Yadav joined the party candidates during their nomination filings.

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The first phase of the Lok Sabha election, which is scheduled for April 19, will cover six parliamentary constituencies in the state — Sidhi, Shahdol, Jabalpur, Mandla, Balaghat and Chhindwara. The BJP had bagged five of them, while the Congress could win one in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

Rajya Sabha MP Ajay Pratap Singh, who recently resigned from the BJP, filed his nomination from the Sidhi Lok Sabha seat on the symbol of the Gondwana Gantantra Party. His tenure for the Upper House of the Parliament will end on April 2.

Candidates in the fray can withdraw their nomination papers until March 30. The election for the second, third and fourth phases in Madhya Pradesh, will be held on April 26, May 7 and 13, respectively. While the counting of votes will be held on June 4.

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Madhya Pradesh CM seeks guidance for governance from PM Modi

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New Delhi/Bhopal, June 20 (IANS) Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Mohan Yadav met PM Narendra Modi in Delhi on Thursday to seek the latter’s guidance for governance.

The meeting came just a week after the Mohan Yadav-led BJP government completed six months in office in Madhya Pradesh after sweeping the Assembly polls in December last year.

CM Yadav did not make any statement to the press regarding his meeting with the Prime Minister. However, he posted a message on his social media account saying discussions were held on welfare schemes and the all-round development of the state.

“Today I paid a courtesy visit to honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi. Received guidance regarding the all-round development and public welfare schemes of the state under the leadership of the double-engine government,” the post read.

After meeting the Prime Minister, CM Yadav also visited Ayodhya to attend a public programme.

After the Chief Minister’s meeting with the Prime Minister, there are talks in the state’s political circles that the BJP’s central leadership is likely to appoint a new state unit chief as the tenure of V.D. Sharma got over one year back.

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Farmers to receive Rs 3,100 paddy MSP per quintal, says Odisha minister

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Bhubaneswar, June 20 (IANS) Odisha Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare Minister Krushna Chandra Patra on Thursday announced that paddy will be procured from the farmers at the Minimum Support Price (MSP) of Rs 3,100 per quintal in the current Kharif season.

The hike in paddy MSP is one of the major promises made by the ruling party during the recently held elections.

Speaking to mediapersons here on Thursday, the Food Supplies minister said: “We will ensure the procurement is conducted as per the procedure and will not allow the ‘katni chatni’ (forcible deduction of paddy by millers during procurement). As we had declared in our manifesto, farmers will receive Rs 3,100 as paddy MSP and the amount will be deposited in their accounts within 48 hours. We have already issued directions in this regard and work has already been started accordingly.”

Patra also announced that the farmers would receive the enhanced MSP amount for paddy during procurement from this Kharif season.

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The Minister also made another major announcement that, with technological support from the United Nations World Food Programme, ‘Rice ATM’ will be inaugurated in Bhubaneswar soon.

The ration card beneficiaries can get rice from the ATM using a card provided to them.

Patra also stated that the authorities of the World Food Programme have been requested to open such rice ATMs in different districts of the state as well.

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No land will be acquired for Vahavan Port, says JNPA Chairman Umesh Wagh

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Mumbai, June 20 (IANS) A day after the Union Cabinet approved the Rs 76,220 crore deep-water port at Vadhavan near Dahanu in Maharashtra, the Chairman of the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Authority (JNPA), Umesh Wagh, said on Thursday that the first phase will be commissioned in 2029 and the second phase during 2032 and 2037.

Wagh said the JNPA has held several interactions with the villagers and tried to address the various concerns with regard to damage to the environment, dip in fish catch, or the acquisition of land.

Wagh said there was no proposal for a crude oil refinery, saying that these are only rumours.

‘’Let me tell you, there is no proposal for import of crude, hence there’s no question of a refinery,” he said.

On concerns over land acquisition and displacement, Wagh said not an inch of land will be acquired for the port project.

“So there is no question of displacement. There is no doubt left in this particular aspect,’’ he said.

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The port infrastructure comprises nine container terminals, each 1 km in length, four multipurpose berths, four liquid cargo berths, a Ro-Ro berth, a coastal cargo berth, and a coast guard berth. The project involves the reclamation of 1,448 hectares in offshore areas and construction of 10.4 km of breakwater, container/cargo storage areas.

On the concern regarding flooding due to this big project, Wagh said the JNPA is going 6 km inside.

“Exhaustive scientific studies have been carried out which clearly said that as this is an offshore project, there will be no flooding due to the project development,’’ he added.

On concern regarding the livelihood of the fishermen, Wagh admitted that it is a very important aspect.

“Except for a 30 sq km of area, the fishermen can do fishing everywhere. If the fishermen need to shift from the 30 sq km area, we will provide compensation as per the Maharashtra government’s policy. While we have got all the clearances, it doesn’t mean that we will not talk to the fishermen and the villagers. Our offices are open for talks 24×7. Any demand of theirs is most welcome. We will address all their concerns,” he added.

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Time to work together to win upcoming Maha Assembly polls: Praful Patel

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Mumbai, June 20 (IANS) Amid the ongoing verbal duel among the ruling MahaYuti partners over its dismal performance in the Lok Sabha elections, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Working President Praful Patel on Thursday said that everyone should focus on contesting the upcoming Maharashtra Assembly elections together.

He downplayed the blame-game which is underway among the MahaYuti partners, saying that the alliance partners will have to collectively take all decisions and address the various issues faced during the general elections.

“It will be clear that there are many seats where none of the three parties, including BJP, Shiv Sena and NCP managed to give the lead to our candidate. It is futile to play the blame game, and it won’t be beneficial to anyone. The discussion on who won because of whom and who lost because of whom should stop now,” Patel said.

”Analyse the result and find out where we (NCP) have given lead to our allies. Also find where the candidate’s own party failed to give the lead. But that analysis won’t yield much now. We need to stay united and we must keep our entire focus on assembly elections,” he added.

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The NCP leader also sad the contest for the upcoming Assembly election would not be easy “unless all the differences are buried”.

“The farmers’ issue could not be solved. The fake narrative about reservations and the constitution could not be countered. These are the main factors for the defeat,” he said.

Patel, however, said that the MahaYuti government will solve the issues affecting people.

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Yechury demands court-monitored SIT probe in NEET case

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Kolkata, June 20 (IANS) CPI-M General Secretary Sitaram Yechury on Thursday demanded a court-monitored probe by a special investigation team (SIT) in the UGC-NEET paper leak case.

“An entire system has been polluted. Many influential people are involved in the matter. What is required is a court-monitored probe by a SIT. The future of the youths is being played with. People have lost all hope in agencies like the CBI. Their only task is to hound the opposition parties,” he said while addressing a press conference here.

On the election disaster of the party in West Bengal where the party has once again reduced to zero, Yechury said that the defeat of his party was not just against the BJP or the Trinamool Congress, but also against “muscle power” and “money power”.

CPI-M Politburo member and state Secretary Mohammad Salim, who was also present, said that besides unleashing massive violence on the polling days, there had been massive irregularities in the counting of votes.

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However, Yechury has outlined a silver line even amid the party’s debacle. “Over the last elections, we have been able to bring new faces to the forefront. Our campaigning reached a different level in the state this time. It can be said that a completely new face of the party has evolved in West Bengal, which is not only good for the state but also for the entire country,” he said.

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