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Over 4.14 crore voters to decide fate of 2,841 LS and Assembly candidates in Andhra Pradesh

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Amaravati, May 12 (IANS) Over 4.14 crore voters in Andhra Pradesh will decide the political fortunes of 2,841 candidates in polling for simultaneous elections to the state Assembly and Lok Sabha on Monday.

Chief Minister and YSR Congress Party President Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief and former Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, and Jana Sena Party (JSP) leader and actor Pawan Kalyan are among 2,387 candidates in the fray for 175 Assembly seats.

For 25 Lok Sabha, there are a total of 454 contestants and prominent among them are state BJP chief and TDP founder and former Chief Minister N.T. Rama Rao’s daughter D. Purandeswari (Rajahmundry), state Congress President Y.S. Sharmila Reddy (Kadapa), and former Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy (BJP, Rajampet).

About 5.26 lakh personnel, including security forces personnel, have been deployed as part of the elaborate arrangements to ensure peaceful and smooth conduct of the polling process.

According to Chief Electoral Officer Mukesh Kumar Meena, polling in 169 Assembly segments will be held from 7 a.m. to 6 pm. In the Left-Wing Extremist (LWE) affected segments of Araku, Paderu, and Rampachodavaram, the polling will conclude at 4 p.m. and in three other LWE-affected segments of Palakonda, Kurupam, and Salur, it will conclude at 5 p.m.

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All the six segments are in north Andhra, adjoining Odisha.

As per the final electoral roll, the state has 4,14,01,887 voters, with women (2,10,58,615) outnumbering men (2,03,39,851). The remaining 3,421 belong to the third gender. The state has 68,185 service electors.

More than 4.44 lakh employees on poll duty have cast their votes in Assembly and Lok Sabha polls at Voter Facilitation Centres (VFCs) across the state. A total of 4,44,216 postal ballots were polled in 25 Lok Sabha constituencies while 4,44,218 ballots were polled in 175 Assembly segments.

In the 2019 elections, the state had recorded 79.84 per cent polling. Officials expect that this time, it is likely to go up to 83 per cent.

The CEO said 46,389 polling centres have been set up across the state, and 12,438 of them have been declared sensitive. The poll authorities have made arrangements for webcasting of polling processing in 34,651 polling stations.

There will be 100 per cent webcasting in 14 Assembly segments.

A total of 1.6 lakh Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) have been deployed. The CEO said 3.30 lakh employees will be on polling duty. In addition, 10,000 sector officers, 8,961 micro-observers and 46,165 booth-level officers will be on duty.

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As part of the security arrangements, 1.14 lakh police personnel will be on duty. As many as 295 companies of central forces are also deployed.

Among Lok Sabha constituencies, Visakhapatnam has the largest number of candidates, at 33. There are 31 candidates in Nandyal and 30 in Guntur. There are only 12 candidates in the Rajahmundry Lok Sabha constituency.

Among Assembly segments, Tirupati has the maximum number of candidates, at 46, followed by 40 in Mangalagiri. There are only six candidates in Chodavaram.

The state is witnessing a direct fight between the ruling YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) and the NDA, which comprises the TDP, the Jana Sena and the BJP. In 2019, the YSRCP wrested power from the TDP by bagging 151 Assembly seats. The TDP won 23 seats while Jana Sena Party (JSP) secured one. The YSRCP had also won 22 Lok Sabha seats with the TDP bagging the remaining three. The TDP, the JSP and the BJP have joined hands this time to take on the YSRCP.

Under the seat-sharing agreement, the TDP is contesting 144 Assembly and 17 Lok Sabha seats, and the JSP 21 Assembly segments and two Lok Sabha constituencies. The BJP is contesting 10 Assembly and six Lok Sabha seats.

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The Congress has fielded candidates in 159 Assembly and 23 Lok Sabha constituencies and left the remaining seats for allies CPI and CPI-M.

Among the prominent candidates, Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy is seeking re-election from the Pulivendula Assembly seat in his home district of Kadapa while Chandrababu Naidu is fighting for another term from Kuppam in Chittoor district. Pawan Kalyan, who had lost both the seats he contested in 2019, is testing his fortunes this time from Pithapuram in Kakinada district.

Naidu’s brother-in-law and popular actor N. Balakrishna is seeking re-election for Assembly from Hindupur. Naidu’s son Nara Lokesh is trying his luck in Mangalagiri, where he was defeated in 2019.

Jagan Mohan Reddy’s sister and state Congress chief Sharmila Reddy is taking on her cousin and sitting MP Y.S. Avinash Reddy in the Kadapa Lok Sabha seat. The CM’s close aide and YSRCP parliamentary party leader V. Vijayasai Reddy is contesting the Nellore Lok Sabha seat.

NRI medical professional Pemmasani Chandra Sekhar, who is the richest candidate with family assets of more than Rs 5,705 crore, is contesting from the Guntur Lok Sabha seat on a TDP ticket.

–IANS

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Two injured as DTC buses crash in southwest Delhi

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New Delhi, May 28 (IANS) Two people sustained injuries after a Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) bus hit another stationary bus in southwest Delhi’s Nauroji Nagar on Tuesday morning, police said.

Sharing the details, police said that information was received on Tuesday morning at Safdarjung Enclave police station regarding an accident at Nauroji Nagar bus stand on Outer Ring Road between two DTC buses.

Upon reaching the spot, it was revealed that a DTC electric bus driven by Akash was picking up passengers from the Nauroji Nagar bus stand when another DTC bus driven by Chandveer hit it from the rear side.

“Two persons namely Mukesh Kumar and Shamshula, both residents of Durga Park, West Sagarpur, received minor injuries and are undergoing treatment at AIIMS Trauma Centre,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Southwest) Rohit Meena.

“Legal action is being taken in the matter,” the DCP added.

–IANS

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No feasibility study needed for solar rooftop connections up to 10 kW in TN

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Chennai, May 28 (IANS) The Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission (TNERC) has directed the state power utility TANGEDCO not to conduct a technical feasibility study for solar rooftop proposals of up to 10 kilowatts.

The regulatory commission in the state in an order dated May 23, has directed the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (TANGEDCO) to exempt consumers using solar rooftops of up to 10 kilowatt power based on Rule 7(A) of Electricity (Rights of Consumers) Amendment Rules, 2004.

The TNERC came out with the directive after TANGEDCO ordered an exemption on solar rooftops with a capacity of up to only 3 kilowatts.

The directive was required after several households complained that there was a delay in installing rooftop solar systems in households by the TANGEDCO.

The regulatory commission also directed TANGEDCO that the sanction power of the Grid Interactive Solar Photovoltaic Power System capacity of up to 10 kW should be delegated to the lower-level field officers.

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While TANGEDCO has to conduct the study and produce the feasibility report for a solar rooftop project in households within a fortnight, consumers told IANS that there has been an inordinate delay.

Meenakshi Sundaram, a retired College professor, who wanted to install a solar rooftop connection of 8 kW, told IANS that there has been a long delay from Tangedco and several consumers like her were dejected.

–IANS

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LS polls: PM Modi to campaign in Jharkhand, Bengal today

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New Delhi, May 28 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi will campaign in Jharkhand and West Bengal on Tuesday for the seventh and final phase of the Lok Sabha elections.

The Prime Minister will hold a public meeting in Jharkhand’s Dumka at 12:15 p.m., followed by another two in West Bengal’s Barasat at 2:30 p.m. and Jadavpur at 4:00 p.m.

Prime Minister Modi is also scheduled to offer floral tributes at the statue of Subhas Chandra Bose in Kolkata Uttar at 5:55 p.m. and then begin a roadshow. After the roadshow, he will offer floral tributes at the statue of Swami Vivekananda at 7:00 p.m.

Major political developments that will unfold across the country on Tuesday:

* Union Home Minister Amit Shah will hold public meetings in Odisha’s Chandbali at 12:30 p.m., Jajpur at 2:15 p.m., and Puri at 4:00 p.m.

* BJP President J.P. Nadda will address public meetings in Himachal Pradesh’s Kinnaur at 11:00 a.m., Mandi at 1:15 p.m., and Rohru at 3:15 p.m.

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* INDIA bloc partners Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav will address ‘Parivartan Sankalp Sabhas’ in Uttar Pradesh’s Rudrapur (Bansgaon Lok Sabha constituency) at 3:15 p.m. and Gangapur (Varanasi) at 5:10 p.m.

* Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will address election rallies in Pipiganj, Gorakhpur at 11:10 a.m. and Mirzapur at 1:00 p.m. From there, he will go to Bihar to hold public meetings in Fatuha (Patna) at 3:10 p.m., Bhojpur at 4:30 p.m. and Patliputra at 6:00 p.m.

* Samajwadi Party leader Dimple Yadav will address an election rally at 1 p.m. in Uttar Pradesh’s Dohrighat (Mau) for the INDIA bloc candidate from the Ghosi Lok Sabha constituency.

* Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya and Nishad Party chief Sanjay Nishad will address a public meeting in the Chauri Chaura Assembly constituency of the Bansgaon Lok Sabha constituency.

* Gujarat Congress President Shaktisinh Gohil will address a press conference at 12 noon at the party headquarters in New Delhi.

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IndiGo flight receives bomb threat at Delhi airport

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New Delhi, May 28 (IANS) An IndiGo flight bound for Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh received a bomb threat at Delhi airport on Tuesday morning, prompting authorities to declare an emergency, police said.

According to airline officials, IndiGo flight 6E2211 operating from Delhi to Varanasi had received a specific bomb threat at the airport. The threat call was received at around 5.40 a.m., said officials.

“All necessary protocols were followed and the aircraft was taken to a remote bay as per guidelines by airport security agencies. All passengers were safely evacuated via the emergency exits,” said an airline official.

“The flight is currently undergoing inspection. Post completion of all security checks, the aircraft will be positioned back in the terminal area,” the spokesperson added.

More details are awaited.

–IANS

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Mamata Banerjee not to attend INDIA bloc's June 1 meeting

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Kolkata, May 27 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday announced that she will not be able to attend the crucial meeting of the opposition INDIA bloc, convened by Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge, in New Delhi on June 1.

Banerjee, who is also the Trinamool Congress chief, cited two reasons behind her inability to attend the meeting.

“First of all, on June 1, there will be the final and seventh phase of Lok Sabha polls for nine constituencies in West Bengal. Secondly, because of Cyclone Remal, many people have been displaced and are currently residing in temporary shelters. I will have to supervise that as well. These two factors are important for me and hence I will be staying back on June 1,” she said while addressing an election meeting in Kolkata Uttar Lok Sabha constituency for party candidate and sitting MP Sudip Bandopadhyay.

However, Banerjee did not make it clear whether she would send a representative for the meeting.

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In her speech at the election meeting, she again launched a scathing attack against both the Congress and the CPI-M.

“These two parties have the only aim in West Bengal. That is to benefit the BJP by dividing the opposition votes,” she claimed.

–IANS

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