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Veteran Congress leader Satyavrat Chaturvedi expelled from party for 6 years

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Bhopal | The Congress Party has expelled its veteran leader Satyavrat Chaturvedi from the party for 6 years after campaigning for his son who is contesting in the upcoming polls in Madhya Pradesh on Samajwadi Party ticket.

Chaturdevi who is a member of the Rajya Sabha from Congress was upset with the party after his son Nitin Chaturvedi was denied a ticket from the Rajnagar constituency in Chhattarpur district. The party has filed sitting MLA Vikram Singh from the seat who is seeking for the 4th term as MLA form the Rajnagar seat. Nitin Chaturvedi later moved to the Samajwadi party and contested from the same seat.  Satyavrat Chaturvedi alleged that his party was doing injustice to him by denying his son an assembly ticket since last 15 years so he will be campaigning for his son.

However, the former Congress spokesperson claimed that he “was born as a Congressman and would die as one” but he “will canvas for his son” as he could not leave his at the “mercy of others” as a “dutiful father.”

Assembly election will be conducted in Madya Pradesh on November 28, while the results will be declared on December 11 along with Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Telangana and Mizoram. The Congress party is looking to cash in the anti-incumbency factor by defeating the Shivraj Singh Chouhan led Madhya Pradesh government who is looking for its 4th consecutive term.

 

 

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Madhya Pradesh HC dismis Congress’ plea over EVM malfunctioning

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Bhopal | The Madhya Pradesh High Court on Friday rejected Congress party plea demanding an SIT investigation in connection to the EVM malfunctioning during the Madhya Pradesh Assembly elections.

The High Court bench refused to intervene in the matter as it found the response filed by the Election Commission satisfactory in the case. The Congress party in its plea had expressed concern over the lack of adequate security in some districts in respect of polled/unused EVMs and VVPATs. The Congress party also alleged that attempts were made to tamper the EVM and VVPAT machines in Bhopal, Satna, Shajapur, Sagar and Khandwa. “Separate facility was created to keep the unused reserve EVMs after polling was held. These were kept within the vicinity of EVMs used in polling in all the assembly seats,” alleged Congress

The Election Commission rejected such allegations and claimed that all necessary instructions were issued well in advance for safe upkeeping of polled EVMs, VVPATs, unused/reserved EVMs and VVPATs at the end of the poll.

However, the Court reserved its decision over plea filed over the counting of VVPAT slips along with that of EVMs.

 

 

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Madhya Pradesh: 745 EVMs, VVPAT machines replaced; Congress writes to CEC on snags

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Bhopal | As many as 745 EVMs and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail machines were replaced Wednesday in Madhya Pradesh, where voting for the Assembly elections is underway, a senior poll official said.

The announcement by state Chief Electoral Officer V L Kantha Rao came after Congress leaders claimed that EVMs at many places had malfunctioned.

“There have been several complaints that EVMs at many places malfunctioned. We have have written to the Election Commission and demanded that voting time in these polling booths should be extended to compensate for the delay,” Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia said.

The Guna MP said the Election Commission should compensate for time wasted in replacing the EVMs by extending polling time in those booths.

“Several reports are coming from across the state that EVMs are not working. This has been affecting the polling. Long queues are being witnessed in the city. EC should immediately take decision. The EVMs should be changed,” state Congress chief Kamal Nath tweeted.

Responding to the demand, CEC O P Rawat said in Delhi that there are provisions for the extension of time and local officers (in Madhya Pradesh) can take the call on the matter.

The battle of ballots in Madhya Pradesh is just months ahead of the Lok Sabha polls slated in the first half of 2019. There are 2,899 candidates are in the fray. The state has 5.04 crore eligible voters.

Altogether 3,00,782 government employees, including 45,904 women, are on poll duty and 65,341 polling stations have been set up.

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Madhya Pradesh polls: Many EVMs malfunctioning, claims Congress

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Gwalior | The Congress on Wednesday claimed that some EVMs malfunctioned during the ongoing Madhya Pradesh Assembly elections and demanded that polling be extended.

Polling is underway to elect the 230-member Assembly, where the ruling BJP and opposition Congress are fighting for supremacy. It is being held between 8 am and 5 pm in 227 seats and between 7 am to 3 pm in three Naxal-affected segments.

“There have been several complaints that EVMs at many places malfunctioned. We have written to the Election Commission and demanded that voting time in these polling booths should be extended to compensate for the delay,” Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia said.

Responding to the demand, CEC O P Rawat said in Delhi that there are provisions for the extension of time and local officers (in Madhya Pradesh) can take the call on the matter. The battle of ballots in Madhya Pradesh is just months ahead of the Lok Sabha polls slated in the first half of 2019. As many as 2,899 candidates, including 1,094 independents, are in the fray. The state has 5.04 crore eligible voters.

Altogether 3,00,782 government employees, including 45,904 women, have been deployed on poll duty across the state, where 65,341 polling stations have been set up.

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